- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The state Senate has passed a bill that allows the state Board of Education to consider the Next Generation Science Standards.

But the Senate on Thursday amended House Bill 23 to specify that any new science standards must be “unique to Wyoming.”

The House needs to approve the amendment before the proposal can be sent to Gov. Matt Mead.

The Next Generation Science Standards are opposed by some in Wyoming over how the standards handle human contributions to global climate change. Fossil fuels extraction is a top industry in the state’s economy.

The amendment was offered by Republican Sen. Eli Bebout, of Riverton.

Bebout says his amendment doesn’t force the education board to do anything.

But supporters of the original bill say it restricts the board.

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