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Legislature presses on with bills

Posted: Monday, Feb 17th, 2014

PINEDALE – Friday was the last day for bills to be introduced to the 2014 Budget Session of the 62nd Wyoming State Legislature. Since this year is focused primarily on the budget, bills must receive a two-thirds majority in order to move on.

In total, 306 bills have been suggested, and as of Friday, 240 passed introduction.

House Bills (HB)

HB 1, General Government Appropriations: This session, the budget is the priority and HB 1 is Gov. Matt Mead’s recommended $13.2 billion biennium budget.

HB 1 has been received for introduction and referred to the Committee of the Whole (COW).

HB 3, Alternative Schools: Sponsored by the Joint Education Interim Committee (JEIC), HB 3 would eliminate the moratorium on alternative school funding. Alternative schools would be placed in the block grant in each district after a probationary

period. HB 3 passed its second reading


HB 5, School Bus Video Equipment: Sponsored by the JEIC, this bill requires school buses be equipped with surveillance cameras beginning in the 2015-16 school year. Cameras would be on both the inside and the outside of the buses to ensure student safety when traveling to and from school and school-sponsored activities. The House passed the third reading of this bill Monday.

HB 26, Education – Early Childhood: Sponsored by the JEIC, HB 26 would have required various departments to coordinate and organize early childhood education programs.

HB 26 failed introduction and died.

For the complete article see the 02-18-2014 issue.

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