- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Developments at the Wyoming Legislature on Feb. 29, the 16th day of the 2016 budget session:

BUDGET: Both houses voted to concur on the general government appropriations bill. It now goes to Gov. Matt Mead for his review.

STUDENT TESTS: The state Senate advanced a bill that would make changes to Wyoming’s K-12 statewide assessment, including a mandate that no more than 1 percent of instructional time be spent on taking the test. House Bill 19 must pass one more vote in the Senate.

COMMUNITY COLLEGES: A bill would base state for Wyoming community colleges on enrollment cleared a second vote in the state Senate on Monday. The Senate must vote one more time on the measure.

KENNY SAILORS: The Senate gave final approval Monday to a joint resolution recognizing the contributions of the late Kenny Sailors to the game of basketball and encouraging his election to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. Sailors, who died Jan. 30, is credited by some for being the first to use the modern jump shot. He played for the University of Wyoming and the NBA.

UW SCIENCE: The House defeated a proposal that would have delayed construction of an estimated $100 million science building at the University of Wyoming. The building is part of UW’s initiative to improve its sciences programs.

HOME BREW: The state House approved a bill Monday that would allow people who make homemade beer and wine to share their creations with others at brew fests and contests. The Senate must concur with changes the House made to the bill.

CATERING PERMITS: The Senate for the second time voted to approve a bill increasing the number of catering permits a person or organization may receive in a year. The bill already has passed in the House.

ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES: The House gave preliminary approval to bill that would allow operators of all-terrain vehicles to run them on any portion of a highway right of way, not only on the pavement.

PURPLE HEART: The Senate president signed the final version of a bill that would authorize people who have been awarded the Purple Heart during their military service to receive lifetime bird, small game and fishing licenses without charge. It now goes to the governor for review.

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