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Final bills considered in Cheyenne during the last week of 114th Wyoming Legislature

Written by Saige Albert

Cheyenne – The 2015 General Session of the Wyoming Legislature came to a close this week, as Wyoming’s legislators considered the final bills and began preparations for the next year. 

After bills have been signed by the Senate President and Speaker of the House, they are sent to the Governor’s Office for his signature. Governor Mead has three days to sign the bills after they are received.

During the last week, both the Senate and the House looked at conference committee reports and stood by as Governor Matt Mead signed a number of bills.

Interim committees also worked to set their schedules for the coming year, and Management Council prioritized interim topics for each committee. Those topics of importance to agriculture and Wyoming’s agriculture interest groups will be detailed in the March 14 Roundup.  

Next week, we’ll also summarize the high and low points of the legislative session from the viewpoint of Wyoming’s agriculture groups. We’ll look at the most important bills that passed, as well as bills that didn’t make the cut this year. 

Below is a list of the status of bills, as of March 6 at 8:30 a.m.

House Bills

HB 1 – General Government Appropriation-2 – House Speaker Signed SEA 56

HB 4 – Prohibited Livestock Grazing – House Do Pass Failed

HB 18 – Drone Protection Act – Senate Do Pass Failed

HB 35 – Boards and Commissions – Senate Do Pass Failed

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

HB 75 – Balanced Budget Compact – Senate Died in Committee

HB 95 – Heavy Vehicle and Commercial Driver’s License – House Died in Committee

HB 100 – Highway Funding – House Speaker Signed HEA 100

HB 121 – Constitutional Convention – Limitations – House Appointed JCC 2 Members

HB 124 – Determination of Highway Rights-of-Way on Federal Land – Senate Did Not Consider for Introduction

HB 133 – United National Agenda 21 – Prohibition on Implementation – House Died in Committee

HB 165 – Access to Public Land – House Do Pass Failed

HB 203 – Livestock Brands – Reciprocity – House Failed CoW

HB 209 – Transfer of Federal Lands – Senate Died in Committee

HJ 1 – Regulation of Freedom – Assigned Chapter Number

HJ 2 – State Superintendent of Public Instruction – House Do Pass Failed

HJ 3 – Free-Roaming Wild Horses – Assigned Chapter Number

HJ 4 – Balanced Budget Amendment – Senate Failed on Third Reading

Senate Files

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

SF 9 – Right to Farm – House Speaker Signed SEA 77

SF 10 – Education Administration – Assigned Chapter Number

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

SF 36 – Personal Identifying Information – Definitions – Assigned Chapter Number

SF 44 – Large Project Funding – House Speaker Signed SEA 47

SF 51 – Water Development – Amendments – House Speaker Signed SEA 67

SF 55 – Omnibus Water Bill – Planning – House Speaker Signed SEA 69

SF 56 – Study on Transfer of Public Lands – House Speaker Signed SEA 78

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 Do Pass Failed

SF 80 – Trespassing to Collect Data – Civil Cause of Action – House Speaker Signed SEA 82

SF 126 – Water Quality – House Speaker Signed SEA 75

SF 133 – Bighorn Sheep Relocation – House Speaker Signed SEA 83

SF 134 – Bighorn Sheep Plan – House Speaker Signed SEA 60

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

HEA 77 – HB 56 – Wyoming Food Freedom Act

HEA 89 – HB 108 – Trespass – Landowner Liability 

HEJR 4 – HJ 6 – Wyoming Local Food Production 

SEA 31 – SF 29 – Motor Vehicle Drivers License Exemptions

SEA 19 – SF 37 – State Protection of Date Privacy 

SEA 26 – SF 43 – Wyoming Telecommunications

SEA 45 – SF 46 – Fire Misdemeanors

SEA 24 – SF 137 – Farm License Plates

SEA 61 – SF 12 – Trespassing to Collect Data 

SEA 76 – SF 4 – Dry Bean Research 

The most up-to-date information on each bill is available at wyoleg.gov. Look for the legislative review in the March 14 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..