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Wyoming legislature wraps up session, works to tackle final bills in legislative process

Written by Saige Albert

Cheyenne – Since the 63rd Wyoming Legislature convened on Jan. 13 for its 2015 General Session, Wyoming’s 90 citizen legislators have been hard at work debating legislation brought by 12 interim committees and 18 select committees, as well as the legislators themselves. 

In wrapping up, Feb. 27 marked the last day for bills to be reported out of committee in the second house. March 2 will be the last day for Committee of the Whole on bills in the second house, and March 3 is the last day for second reading on bills in the second house. 

Finally, the last day for third reading on bills in the second house will be March 4. The legislature is scheduled to adjourn by midnight on March 6. 

In addition to considering legislation, legislators have been working to recommend interim topics to Management Council and select meeting dates for the coming year. 

Below is a list of the status of bills, as of Feb. 28 at 8:30 a.m.

House Bills

HB 1 – General Government Appropriation-2 – Senate Appointed JCC01 Members

HB 4 – Prohibited Livestock Grazing – House Failed in Committee

HB 18 – Drone Protection Act – Senate Referred to Judiciary

HB 35 – Boards and Commissions – Senate Referred to Corporations

HB 56 – Wyoming Food Freedom Act – House Concur Passed

HB 70 – Omnibus Water Bill – Construction – Assigned Chapter Number

HB 75 – Balanced Budget Compact – Senate Referred to Rules

HB 95 – Heavy Vehicle and Commercial Driver’s License – House No Report Prior to CoW Cutoff

HB 100 – Highway Funding – House Received for Concurrence

HB 108 – Trespass – Landowner Liability – Senate Passed CoW

HB 121 – Constitutional Convention – Limitations – Senate Passed on Second Reading

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

HB 133 – United National Agenda 21 – Prohibition on Implementation – House No Report Prior to CoW Cutoff

HB 165 – Access to Public Land – House Failed CoW

HB 203 – Livestock Brands – Reciprocity – House Failed CoW

HB 209 – Transfer of Federal Lands – Senate Referred to Journal

HJ 1 – Regulation of Freedom – Senate Passed CoW

HJ 2 – State Superintendent of Public Instruction – House No Report Prior to CoW Cutoff

HJ 3 – Free-Roaming Wild Horses – House Assigned HEJR 3

HJ 4 – Balanced Budget Amendment – Senate CoW Passed

HJ 6 – Wyoming Local Food Production – House Assigned HEJR 1

Senate Files

SF 4 – Dry Bean Research – House Passed on Second Reading

SF 7 – Tethering Dogs – Senate No Report Prior to CoW Cutoff

SF 9 – Right to Farm – House Placed on General File

SF 10 – Education Administration – Assigned Chapter Number

SF 12 – Trespassing to Collect Data – House Appointed JCC 1 Members

SF 29 – Motor Vehicle Drivers License Exemptions – Assigned Number SEA 31

SF 30 – Camp Guernsey – Range Management Fund– Senate Concur Failed

SF 36 – Personal Identifying Information – Definitions – House Speaker Signed SEA 20

SF 37 – State Protection of Date Privacy – House Speaker Signed SEA 19

SF 43 – Wyoming Telecommunications Act Revisions – Assigned Number SEA 26

SF 44 – Large Project Funding – House Passed on Second Reading

SF 46 – Fire Misdemeanors – House Adopted Concurrence Report

SF 51 – Water Development – Amendments – House Placed on General File

SF 55 – Omnibus Water Bill – Planning – House Placed on General File

SF 56 – Study on Transfer of Public Lands – House Placed on General File

SF 63 – Predator Ownership – House Appointed JCC 1 Members

SF 68 – Property Rights Ombudsman – Senate Did Not Consider in CoW

SF 69 – Nonresident Allocation of Game Licenses – Senate No Report Prior to CoW Cutoff

SF 80 – Trespassing to Collect Data – Civil Cause of Action – House Placed on General File

SF 126 – Water Quality – House Placed on General File

SF 133 – Bighorn Sheep Relocation – House Passed CoW

SF 134 – Bighorn Sheep Plan – House Passed CoW

SF 137 – Farm License Plates – House Speaker Signed SEA 24

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

SJ 4 – Constitutional Convention – Senate No Report Prior to CoW Cutoff

SJ 5 – State Superintendent of Public Instruction – Senate No Report Prior to CoW Cutoff 

SJ 6 – Sage Grouse – Senate No Report Prior to CoW Cutoff

Signed by Governor Mead

HEA 1 – HB 8 – Landowner indemnification

The most up-to-date information on each bill is available at wyoleg.gov. Look for the final legislative update in the March 7 edition of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup, where Wyoming agriculture interest group leaders will weigh in on the session. 

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..