- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Developments at the Wyoming Legislature on Feb. 16, the seventh day of the 2016 budget session:

BUDGET: Both the House and Senate continued reviewing mirror versions of the general government appropriations bill. Second reading of the bill is set for Wednesday.

TRIBAL LICENSE PLATES: The House gave initial approval to developing license plates to honor the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Indian tribes.

STUDENT COMMUNICATIONS: The Senate received for introduction a bill that would specify that students’ electronic communications are not public records. The bill already has passed in the House.

WOLVES AND BEARS: The House gave preliminary approval to a resolution requesting Congress enact legislation to remove the gray wolf and grizzly bear populations from listing under the Endangered Species Act.

VETERANS: The Senate received for introduction a bill that would specify that private employers may establish preferences for hiring veterans and spouses of disabled and deceased veterans. The bill already has passed in the House.

AG OPINIONS: The Senate for the third time voted to approve a bill that would expand the responsibility of the state attorney general to provide formal opinions on matters of law to legislators.

FIREARMS: The Senate for the second time voted to approve a bill that would limit firearms and ammunition from being taken by creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.

OFF-ROAD VEHICLES: The Senate put a bill on the general file that would allow operators of off-road vehicles to travel anywhere on public road rights of way, not only on the paved portion of the road.

RAILROAD QUIET ZONES: The House gave initial approval to a bill that would require the state transportation department and transportation commission to administer a railroad quiet zone program to minimize the sounding of horns in residential areas.

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