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 By Nick Reynolds    News    February 6, 2020

Legislator wants to limit Guard use

CASPER — For decades, hundreds of members of the Wyoming National Guard have been sent to serve in wars overseas, sometimes participating in military actions that have gone unapproved by Congress. Wyoming’s guardsmen have long been tapped by the... Full story


Gordon to testify on water statute

CASPER — Next week, Gov. Mark Gordon will head to Washington, D.C., to testify before Sen. John Barrasso’s Committee on the Environment and Public Works about potential reforms to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. The governor is the latest in... Full story


Cities want more financial independence

CASPER — As state lawmakers wind down committee work for the 2019 interim session, Wyoming’s cities and towns are beginning to prepare for battles over a number of issues in Cheyenne this winter. The overarching theme: The need for the state to... Full story

 By Nick Reynolds    News    October 31, 2019

Gun reporting bill fails

CASPER — Wyoming lawmakers on Thursday defeated legislation that would have prevented some people with mental illnesses from buying guns. The legislation would have required the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation to submit certain mental... Full story

 By Nick Reynolds    News    October 31, 2019

Legislators review alcohol tax increase

CASPER — State lawmakers are considering a slight tax increase on alcohol sales in Wyoming in an effort to raise nearly $2 million in funding for treatment programs across the state. The proposed tax increase – which would be the state’s first... Full story

 By Nick Reynolds    News    October 24, 2019

Wyoming sets out to document hate

CASPER — On paper, Wyoming appears to be one of the least discriminatory places in the country. As the scourge of white nationalism has grown across the Mountain West — accounting for one-tenth of all hate propaganda produced across the nation... Full story

 By Nick Reynolds    News    October 10, 2019

Gordon plans to tighten ENDOW focus

CASPER — At the start of the summer, Gov. Mark Gordon sat down with top officials within the Wyoming’s economic development think tank, Endow, with orders to pare down the group’s ambitious economic development agenda into something smaller... Full story


Gordon predicts more budget cuts

CASPER — With a month until his administration releases its first budget, Gov. Mark Gordon said all ideas to trim spending are on the table in 2020, explaining that Wyoming appears to be entering “a new period” in its history as the outlook... Full story


Legislators look at redistricting

CASPER — At the close of the 2020 census, Wyoming’s lawmakers — like those in half the states around the nation — will sink their teeth into the arduous task of drawing up the legislative districts that will decide the landscape of the state... Full story


Bill would raise smoking age to 21

PINEDALE — State lawmakers overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to advance a bill raising Wyoming’s minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 years. The legislation – which passed the Joint Committee on Revenue by a 10-3 margin – was one of a... Full story


Corporate income tax legislation moving forward

PINEDALE – Preparing to vote on legislation that would enact a corporate income tax in Wyoming, the Joint Committee on Revenue on Thursday found itself missing two members and with two choices to make. There was the option to advance an imperfect... Full story


Crossover voting, voter ID bills killed

CASPER — Lawmakers on Monday defeated two controversial bills that would have had significant implications on Wyoming’s elections. The bills — one to eliminate the practice of crossover voting in primary elections, another to combat voter... Full story


Legislators form committee to look at coal bankruptcies

CASPER — Wyoming lawmakers voted last week to create a committee specifically focused on addressing the negative effects of a rash of coal bankruptcies across the state over the past several months. Members of the Wyoming Legislature’s... Full story

 By Nick Reynolds    News    August 8, 2019

Red tape delays hemp planting

CASPER — This winter, lawmakers voted to allow hemp in Wyoming, hoping the crop will become a boon for the state’s agricultural industry. But farmers will have to wait at least one more growing season before they can plant hemp in Wyoming soil.... Full story


Indigenous Persons Task Force starts work

CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon’s task force to address the high rates of missing and murdered Indigenous people met for the first time Wednesday in Cheyenne. The meeting, which followed a panel on the topic Tuesday in Riverton, marked the Wyoming stat... Full story

 By Nick Reynolds    News    July 18, 2019

Legislators maintain spending reform can fix state budget

CASPER — Two years after one of the largest drawdowns in spending in state history, Wyoming’s lawmakers are once again prepping to tighten the belt. Operating under its smallest budget in nearly two decades for 2019-20, Wyoming has quickly had to... Full story

 By Nick Reynolds    News    July 4, 2019

New laws take effect

CASPER — The first week of July is often a slow one in state government, shortened by a federal holiday and marked by a light legislative schedule. However, the first week of July also means something else in Wyoming – the time many of the laws... Full story

 By Nick Reynolds    News    July 4, 2019

Leaked poll shows Cheney ahead of Lummis in Senate race

CASPER — A new poll leaked to a conservative media outlet shows Rep. Liz Cheney leading former Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis by more than 20 points in a hypothetical head-to-head primary matchup for outgoing Sen. Mike Enzi’s seat, though neither w... Full story

 By Nick Reynolds    News    June 27, 2019

Changes possible for Hot Springs State Park

GILLETTE — After years in legislative limbo, Hot Springs State Park could be set for some changes. At Thursday’s meeting of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation, Recreation and Cultural Resources, officials with the Department... Full story

 By Nick Reynolds    News    June 20, 2019

Wyoming wage gap narrows

CASPER — Last week in Cheyenne, Gov. Mark Gordon signed a proclamation declaring June 10 as “Equal Pay Day” in Wyoming, underscoring one of the largest gender pay gaps in the nation. At the time of signing the proclamation, however, Wyoming... Full story

 By Nick Reynolds    News    June 13, 2019

Laramie Democrat will run for U.S. Senate

CASPER - The race to fill outgoing Sen. Mike Enzi's seat has its first declared candidate. Activist and community organizer Yana Ludwig, a Democrat, will be announcing her candidacy for the party's no... Full story

 By Nick Reynolds    News    May 2, 2019

Revenue Committee looks at reviving some tax bills

CASPER — With limited options left on the table, the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Revenue Committee will be reviving a number of failed money-raising bills from the 2019 general session, including an ill-fated corporate income tax bill. At its... Full story

 By Nick Reynolds    News    April 11, 2019

Utah-based carrier selected for state air service plan

CASPER — A state-appointed group tasked with finding sustainable air service for Wyoming’s far flung communities took a significant step in the process last week, announcing the state had entered into negotiations with a Utah-based airline to... Full story

 By Nick Reynolds    News    March 28, 2019

Wyoming incomes ninth highest in nation

CASPER — Wyoming ended 2018 with the ninth-highest per capita income in the nation. However, while incomes in Wyoming grew 4.5 percent over the previous year thanks to a resurgence in several of its extractive industries, overall income growth in... Full story

 By Nick Reynolds    News    March 28, 2019

Nebraska floods could affect Wyoming ag

CASPER — Nearly two weeks after one of the most powerful winter storms of the decade hit the Northern Rockies and Midwest, Wyoming has largely moved past March’s record-setting snows and settled into the rhythm of spring. In the fields, young... Full story


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