- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Developments at the Wyoming Legislature on Tues., Feb. 11, the second day of the 2014 Budget Session:

- Domestic Assault and Battery: The Wyoming House of Representatives gave initial approval to a bill that would designate the new crimes of domestic assault and domestic batter to cover incidents when household members mistreat each other.

- Minimum Wage: The House voted against introducing a bill to raise the state minimum wage. The bill sponsored by Rep. James Byrd, D-Cheyenne, would have hiked the minimum wage from $5 to $9 an hour and raised the base pay for tipped employees from $2.13 an hour to $5 an hour.

- State Cookie: The House voted against introducing a bill to designate the chocolate-chip cookie as the state cookie.

- Marijuana: The House voted against introducing a bill sponsored by Byrd that would have decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.

- Hunter Education: The Wyoming Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would expand the exemption requiring hunter education training for younger hunters. The bill would allow an adult hunter to supervise more than one young relative who hasn’t completed the training. The bill would also exempt certified state peace offers and veterans from the hunter education requirement.

- Firing Squads: The Senate voted not to consider a bill to allow the use of firing squads to execute condemned inmates. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Bruce Burns, R-Sheridan, said states have had trouble getting drugs for lethal injection. Wyoming doesn’t have a gas chamber and he questioned the expense of building one for infrequent executions.

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