- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Developments at the Wyoming Legislature on Mon., Feb. 10, the first day of the 2014 Budget Session:

- State of the State: Gov. Matt Mead delivered his fourth State of the State address. He emphasized that Wyoming is in good financial condition. He called on lawmakers to fund counties and local governments as well as to fund state employee pay raises. Mead said he does not support optional expansion of the federal Medicaid program in the state to cover an estimated 17,600 adults. Mead said he doesn’t trust the federal government to follow through on promises to continue to fund the program.

- Moment of Silence: The House held a moment of silence on Monday in memory of Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Recluse, who died last month. Legislative leaders announced that Troy Mader of Gillette will be sworn in Tuesday by Chief Justice Marilyn Kite of the Wyoming Supreme Court to replace Wallis.

- Game and Fish Funding: A bill that would have hiked state game and fish license fees 10 percent on residents and nonresidents failed an introductory vote in the House. A fiscal analysis of the bill by the nonpartisan Legislative Service Office states that it would have raised nearly $8 million over three years for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

- Campaign Contributions: A bill that would have allowed political candidates who didn’t participate in primary elections to receive campaign contributions for the general election before the primary election failed an introductory vote in the Senate.

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