- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Developments at the Wyoming Legislature on Thurs., Feb 12, the 23rd day of the 2015 General Session:

BUDGET BILL: Both the House and the Senate voted to give preliminary approval to the supplemental appropriations bill. The bill calls for intercepting nearly $200 million that had been on track for deposits into the state’s Rainy Day Fund to cover a revenue shortfall caused by recent lower energy revenues. The bill also calls for budgeting some funds from returns on state investments that haven’t been booked yet.

SCIENCE STANDARDS: The House received for concurrence from the Senate a bill would allow the state board of education to consider Next Generation Science Standards. The Senate amended the bill, which already had passed the House, to specify that the state board of education could consider the standards to “develop quality science standards that are unique to Wyoming.” The Legislature last year prohibited the board from considering the standards because some lawmakers were concerned they concluded burning fossil fuels causes global warming.

HEMP: The Senate placed on the general file a bill to allow the use of hemp extract under medical supervision.

WINE: The Senate for the second time voted to approve a bill that would increase the amount of wine that can be shipped to a Wyoming residence from 18 to 36 liters per year. The bill already has passed in the House.

CONFIDENTIALITY OF EXECUTIONS: The Senate for the second time voted to approve a bill that would specify that the identities of people involved in carrying out executions of condemned inmates or supplying drugs or materials used to perform executions would be confidential. The bill already has passed in the House. There are no inmates on death row in Wyoming.

LICENSE PLATES: The Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would exempt certain vehicles from displaying front license plates. The bill already has passed in House.

HUNTING LICENSES: The Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would allow hunters who were unable to go hunting as scheduled to be able to use their tags the following year provided they gave notice to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department before the first day of the scheduled hunt.

LICENSE PLATES: The Senate placed on the general file a bill that would allow the issuance of special license plates for enrolled members of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes.


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