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Legislators prepare for next week’s budget bill discussions, continue debate on introduced bills

Written by Saige Albert

In the fourth week of the 2015 General Session of the Wyoming Legislature, Wyoming’s 60 citizen legislators continued to work toward improving the future of the state. 

This week, Feb. 6 marked the last day for bills to be reported out of Committee in the house of origin. 

Next week also brings several deadlines. Feb. 9 is the last day for Committee of the Whole (CoW) in the house of origin, and Feb. 10 is the last day for second reading in the house of origin. Feb. 11 marks the last day for third reading on bills in their house of origin. 

The week of Feb. 9 also marks the introduction of the supplemental budget bill, House Bill 1 and Senate File 1 – General Government Appropriations.  On Feb. 11, each body will receive identical “mirror” copies of the bill to debate. 

Second reading of the bill is expected on Feb. 17, followed by third reading on Feb. 19.

During the week of Feb. 23, the bodies will begin the process of reconciling the differences between the final House and Senate versions of the budget bill. Appropriation committee members first explain the differences between the final versions of the budget bills to their respective houses. It is anticipated that a joint conference committee will be appointed and meet upon conclusion of the floor debate to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget bill. After each chamber votes to concur on the conference committee’s action, the bill will be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

The Governor has the authority to line item veto individual items within a budget bill. Any vetoes will then be considered by both chambers, which have the authority to override any vetoes.

During this session, 246 House Bills (HB), 11 House Joint Resolutions (HJ), 146 Senate Files (SF) and seven Senate Joint Resolutions (SJ) were filed. The bill status provided here is current as of Feb. 6 at 8:30 a.m.

House Bills

HB 1 – General Government Appropriations – House Introduced and Referred to CoW

HB 4 – Prohibited livestock grazing – House Failed in Committee

HB 8 – Landowner indemnification – Senate Referred to Agriculture

HB 18 – Drone Protection Act – Senate Referred to Judiciary

HB 35 – Boards and Commissions – Senate Received for Introduction

HB 56 – Wyoming Food Freedom Act – Senate Received for Introduction

HB 70 – Omnibus Water Bill – Construction – Senate Referred to Agriculture

HB 75 – Balanced Budget Compact – Senate Referred to Rules

HB 95 – Heavy Vehicle and Commercial Driver’s License – House Referred to Transportation

HB 100 – Highway Funding – Senate Received for Introduction

HB 108 – Trespass – Landowner Liability – Senate Received for Introduction

HB 121 – Constitutional Convention – Limitations – House Passed Third Reading

HB 124 – Determination of Highway Rights-of-Way on Federal Land – Senate Received for Introduction

HB 133 – United Nations Agenda 21 – Prohibition on Implementation – House Referred to Appropriations

HB 165 – Access to Public Land – Failed House Committee of the Whole

HB 203 – Livestock Brands – Reciprocity – House Failed Committee of the Whole

HB 209 – Transfer of Federal Lands – House Passed on Second Reading

HJ 1 – Regulation of Freedom – Senate Received for Introduction

HJ 2 – State Superintendent of Public Instruction – House Referred to Education

HJ 3 – Free-Roaming Wild Horses – House Referred to Agriculture

HJ 4 – Balanced Budget Amendment – Senate Received for Introduction

HJ 6 – Wyoming Local Food Production – Senate Received for Introduction

Senate Files

SF 1 – General Government Appropriations – Senate Received for Introduction

SF 4 – Dry Bean Research – House Received for Introduction

SF 7 – Tethering Dogs – Senate Referred to Judiciary

SF 9 – Right to Farm – House Received for Introduction

SF 10 – Education Administration – House Received for Introduction

SF 12 – Trespassing to Collect Data – House Received for Introduction

SF 29 – Motor Vehicle Drivers License Exemptions – House Received for Introduction

SF 30 – Camp Guernsey – Range Management Fund – House Received for Introduction

SF 36 – Personal Identifying Information – Definitions – House Received for Introduction

SF 37 – State Protection of Date Privacy – House Received for Introduction

SF 43 – Wyoming Telecommunications Act Revisions – Senate Passed on Second Reading

SF 44 – Large Project Funding – House Received for Introduction

SF 46 – Fire Misdemeanors – House Received for Introduction

SF 51 – Water Development – Amendments – House Received for Introduction

SF 55 – Omnibus Water Bill – Planning – House Received for Introduction

SF 56 – Study on Transfer of Public Lands – House Received for Introduction

SF 63 – Predator Ownership – House Received for Introduction

SF 68 – Property Rights Ombudsman – Senate Placed on General File

SF 69 – Nonresident Allocation of Game Licenses – Senate Referred to Travel

SF 80 – Trespassing to Collect Data – Civil Cause of Action – House Received for Introduction

SF 126 – Water Quality – House Received for Introduction

SF 133 – Bighorn Sheep Relocation – Senate Placed on General File

SF 134 – Bighorn Sheep Plan – Senate CoW Passed

SF 137 – Farm License Plates – House Received for Introduction

SJ 1 – Right of Privacy – Constitutional Amendment – Failed Senate CoW 

SJ 4 – Constitutional Convention – Senate Referred to Rules

SJ 5 – State Superintendent of Public Instruction – Senate Referred to Education 

SJ 6 – Sage Grouse – Senate Re-referred to Agriculture

If you have any particular bills that you are interested in us following up on, please email the bill name and number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Updates on the legislative session will be provided each week for the remainder of the session. However, the most up-to-date information on each bill is available at wyoleg.gov.

Saige Albert is managing editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..