- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Developments at the Wyoming Legislature on Feb. 19, the 10th day of the 2016 budget session:

BUDGET BILL: Both the House and the Senate heard scores of amendments to the general government appropriations bill. The Senate rejected two amendments that called for expanding the federal Medicaid program to extend subsidized insurance coverage to some 20,000 low-income state residents.

TRIBAL LICENSE PLATES: The Senate received for introduction a bill that would approve developing license plates to honor the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Indian tribes. The bill already has passed the House.

PHARMACIES: The Senate received for introduction a bill that would regulate the provision of pharmacy benefits and require licensure of pharmacy benefit managers. The bill already has passed in the House.

WOLVES AND GRIZZLIES: The Senate received for introduction a bill that would ask Congress to remove the gray wolf and grizzly bear populations from protections under the Endangered Species Act. The bill already has passed in the House.

BASKETBALL: The Senate received for introduction a resolution encouraging the election of Kenny Sailors to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The measure already has passed in the House.

RAILROAD QUIET ZONES: The House received for introduction 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. The bill already has passed in the Senate.

STATE SHRUB: The Senate for the second time voted to approve a bill that would designate the Wyoming big sagebrush as the state shrub.


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