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The federal funding that rescued Wyoming from deep budget cuts in 2020 is coming to an end, leaving lawmakers to decide whether to replace or cut.
The ruling weighs on the county’s ability to enforce water-quality, building and fire-code regulations at a glamping operation under construction on state school trust land.
After a state-funded study highlighted a deficient legal framework and the potential for depleted state revenue, a committee left the proposed legislation behind.
Big Horn County’s Upper Leavitt Reservoir expansion is now estimated to cost $89 million, more than 223% of the original $40-million estimate.
To ease the soaring price of property taxes, a ballot initiative would create an exemption to effectively halve the bill for homeowners. But that could slash state services.
A Wyoming agency’s fight to get personnel records from Albany County Sheriff’s Office five years after a killing has spurred legislative action.
Reported sexual assaults fell from 16 to 11 between 2022 and 2023, though that’s not a guarantee there were actually fewer offenses.
Measure seeks to equip Legislature — independent of executive branch — with the means to defend Wyoming’s interests from perceived federal threats.
The court is on the cusp of ruling on the conflict over development of state school trust property on scenic and sensitive lands in Jackson Hole.
A legislative committee declined to change ambiguous language in the new law. Meanwhile, registered voters hoping to keep their options open in 2024 have a clear, albeit inconvenient, path forward.
Extreme temperatures catapulted natural gas demand and prices, boosting 2023 financial predictions. The state’s long-term picture, however, remains less lucrative.
Districts would see increased funding for the 2024-25 school year if approved by the Legislature during the upcoming budget session.
A constitutional procedure will give the hard-line faction initial veto power in the House, but they’ll still need votes from other members to pass bills.
Refunded residents more than doubled after the Wyoming Legislature expanded eligibility last spring. Another expansion could be twice as nice, according to some lawmakers.
Adopting the change, which is popular among Republicans, could dry up state revenue and violate the Wyoming Constitution, state-funded consultants conclude.
The Corporations Committee will consider five draft bills and a resolution in response to Rocky Mountain Power’s proposed 29.2% rate increase. One would create a moratorium on yet-to-be permitted industrial wind and solar facilities in the state.
Will the anonymous website that often scorns Republicans shed its shrouded identity? The Natrona County GOP is only willing to bet on a good time.
Last winter’s higher-than-usual interstate closures and an increasing number of wind-blown wrecks have spurred lawmakers into action.
Amid concerns that a new law inadvertently disenfranchises some voters, a legislative panel delayed a decision to an October meeting.
After making history as the first openly transgender woman to join a Wyoming sorority, Langford watched as right-wing media misrepresented her. Now, she’s telling her story.
The controversial bill is among a heap of election-related measures before a legislative committee meeting this week in Douglas.
Republicans voted in support of two election complaints lodged against the Wyoming Democratic Party in order to dispute the way the state governs political parties.
Controversial language, which drew a large crowd to the Cheyenne meeting, didn’t align with the Joint Education Committee’s interim priorities, contributing to its demise.
Access to the ballot box is the one true equality in the United States, according to Symons, so she’s set out to build an informed Wyoming electorate.
Almost 10 years after her child’s murder, Debbie Richardson says Wyoming is failing to protect victims amid increasing violence against women.
A state task force is discussing enhancements to the Wyoming’s Indian Child Welfare Act in favor of tribal involvement.
State superintendent: “We can do better. We have to do better for our native students.”
The political landscape has changed since the Legislature first adopted a formal process to deal with legislator misconduct. A new subcommittee aims to fix that.
After heated public testimony at recent town halls and a legislative committee meeting, lawmakers aim to ease the growing cost of residential property taxes.
In an ongoing dispute over development of state land and environmental degradation, Wyoming’s wealthiest and most liberal county claims the state targets it unfairly.
A fifth or consecutive theft conviction can now land Wyomingites in prison for up to 10 years, regardless of the stolen goods’ value.
After SCOTUS rejected challenges to the 1978 law enacted to halt the separation of Indigenous children from their families, traditions and cultures, Wyoming task force considers next steps.
Republican Sen. Bob Ide of Casper says only the Wyoming Legislature can authorize land sales to the federal government. Legal experts disagree.
Judge Owens rules to keep two legislators, right-to-life group and secretary of state out of lawsuit challenging abortion ban.
State law requires any voter to be a “bona fide resident” of Wyoming to cast a ballot. A legislative proposal would add a 30-day residency requirement.
Attorneys in an Idaho lawsuit say high-profile anti-government activist Ammon Bundy is exploiting Wyoming’s controversial privacy laws.
2023 law banning transgender girls from competing in girls sporting events breaks with state’s 46-year tradition of defeating bills to restrict LGBTQ civil rights.
Provenza flap is latest ripple in an ongoing conversation about how lawmakers are expected to behave — on and offline — and how leadership should address misconduct.
Douglas Frank, a prominent election conspiracy theorist, gave six public presentations in Wyoming, and met privately with lawmakers, clerks and the secretary of state.
After two committees declined to take remote testimony during part of the 2023 session, Management Council voted to guarantee its availability during interim meetings.
Owens issues temporary order blocking enforcement of new abortion law after hearing more than three hours of legal arguments.
On the cusp of a court hearing challenging the constitutionality of a new Wyoming law, a physician says the measure will deny care to 60-90 women in the next six months.
Conservative concepts like constitutionality and local control have long held sway at the Legislature, but this session Republicans butted heads over these ideals.
Governor says it’s probable the new near-total abortion-ban law will be tied up in court and should instead go to a popular vote.
Gov. Gordon signs one bill to ban medication-induced abortions and lets another near-complete ban go into effect without his signature.
Previous secretary of state launched a public information campaign following the 2020 election to combat misinformation, boost voter confidence. It’s since gone missing from the web.
The governor, who must decide by March 18 whether to sign two measures outlawing abortion, is weighing questions of constitutionality and consequence.
Some lawmakers were “disappointed” that the Legislature didn’t do more to address soaring residential property taxes. What they did accomplish is “the first step toward long-term reform,” others said.
Legislation to provide healthcare coverage to low-income mothers after giving birth met heavy opposition, but prevailed — frequently by a single vote.
State has long wrestled with how to embrace the growing industry and capture its economic benefits. New fund begins to answer that.
Lawmakers triumphed in showing fiscal restraint and fell short in the area of decorum, Lenhart opines.
Lawmaker reluctant to consider new laws while a $9-million civil suit against four Missouri men is pending in federal court.
The HVAC specialist is so essential to state government one lawmaker has threatened to pass a law banning his retirement.
Lawmakers socked away a record $1.4 billion into savings while restoring some funds to “eroded” public services.
The House Minerals Committee held a rare executive session to discuss coal shipping challenges and proprietary information with BNSF Railway, according to the committee chairman.
At the direction of the Wyoming Legislature, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is poised to debut shed-antler-gathering regulations that go farther than those of any other state.
Observers expect the ban on trans girls playing in women’s high school sports will trigger lawsuits if passed.
If enacted, law would prohibit voters from changing their party affiliation during the 96 days leading up to the primary election.
Sovereign-to-sovereign agreement, once the top legislative priority for wildlife managers, fell apart once it lost tribes’ support. Clarifying off-reservation hunting parameters now falls more squarely in the courtroom.
A bill working its way through the Legislature builds on the existing suffrage restoration process. Anti-domestic violence advocates have concerns.
Stockgrowers welcome relief for livestock killed by wolves in Wyoming’s unregulated “predator zone” even if compensation isn’t expected.
Measure makes it easier for counties to form their own EMS tax districts. Not everyone was sold on it.
Wyoming customers already face electric utility rate increases totalling $5.4 million for state-imposed carbon capture mandates.
Legislature signals near-unanimous support for updates to the Food Freedom Act.
The Senate employed a rarely used rule to resurrect failed legislation and thwart the will of one of its committees.
Native American senator’s amendment to scrub language that infringes on tribal sovereignty voted down in committee.
CHEYENNE—It’s not hard to find misleading “no trespassing” and “private property” signs erected on public land in Wyoming, a tactic used to dissuade people from trekking onto property they can legally access Soon, however, adjoining private landowners and others who post that type of erroneous signage could face big fines. House Bill 147 – Unlawful…
Hunters protest a measure that would have justified ‘termination’ of criminal trespass by landowners, their agents.
Abnormally high number of bills perished after failing to meet deadlines, leaving lawmakers divided on what that says about the House and its leadership.
Annual forms, which reveal prospective conflicts of interest, are cataloged by the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office — and shared with the public by WyoFile.
CHEYENNE—Sen. Larry Hicks (R-Baggs) doesn’t consider himself a racist, bigot or xenophobe. In the majority floor leader’s office just off the Wyoming Senate gallery last week, he said that part of the promise of the United States is what it offers to immigrants: “the freest country in the world, prosperity and a better life.” The…
Senate set to review measure that would justify landowners or agents who use force to stop what they believe is a crime of trespass.
Wyoming’s effort to sort out Native Americans’ off-reservation hunting rights in the wake of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Herrera v. Wyoming, has lost official tribal support. The legislative effort to strike an agreement, outlined in House Bill 83 – Tribal agreements to hunt and fish, had sweeping support in the statehouse, and even…
Wyoming lawmakers are considering several pieces of legislation to limit transgender people’s access to care that professionals say is necessary.
A heap of bills would ease the burden of rising property taxes for residents. One that would come at a cost to local government and education funding has lawmakers divided.
A resolution to honor the late Wyoming senator who took his own life amid McCarthyism, calls on legislators to rededicate themselves to ‘democracy, civility, decency and truth.’
State-wide discussions about mental health have prompted lawmakers to introduce around 20 measures related to the crisis.
Opponents of the measure say claims that rooftop solar customers are subsidized by others are unsubstantiated.
Complementary bills broadly supported by the hook-and-bullet community are intended to ward off anti-carnivore hunting changes afoot nationwide.
Without a ‘shield law,’ Wyoming runs the risk of not hearing from people who want to expose wrongdoing, one newspaper editor told lawmakers.