- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Developments at the Wyoming Legislature on Mon., Jan. 26, the 10th day of the 2015 General Session:

SCIENCE STANDARDS: The House voted for the third time to approve a bill that would allow the Wyoming State Board of Education to consider Next Generation Science Standards. The Legislature last year banned consideration of the standards, which already have been adopted in many other states, because some lawmakers objected to statements in the standards that there’s a connection between burning fossil fuel and global warming.

BALANCED BUDGET: The House gave preliminary approval to a measure that would call for amending the U.S. Constitution to add a balanced budget amendment.

NYX’S LAW: The House voted down a bill that would have set special criminal penalties for any who recklessly or negligently killed a police, fire or search and rescue animal. Sponsor Rep. Gerald Gay, R-Casper, called the bill “Nyx’s Law,” after a police dog that died in Mills last year after an officer left it in a car for more than six hours.

FOOD FREEDOM: The House for the second time passed a bill that would exempt some types of food from licensure, certification and inspection.

LEGENDARY CRITTER: The Senate received a bill from the House that would designate the jackalope as the state’s official legendary critter.

BICYCLES: The House for the third time approved a bill that would require motorists to give bicyclists at least 3 feet of distance while passing them.

NATIVE LICENSE PLATES: A bill that would create a new category of “Wyoming Native” license plates available to people who were born in the state was introduced in the House.

VETERANS’ HIGHWAY: The House received a bill that already has cleared the Senate that would designate Interstate 25 from the Colorado line north to Buffalo as the Wyoming Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Highway.

POWDERED ALCOHOL: A bill that would prohibit the use of powdered alcohol received preliminary approval in the Senate.

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