(Gillette, Wyo.) In 2017, the general legislative session took 37 days. Since odd numbered years are allocated 40 days for general and budget sessions that left three extra days to use if needed during this year’s budget session. And this budget session, those extra days are being put to good use.
“Unfortunately, we were not able to finish all our work within those 20 days,” said House District 31 Representative Scott Clem. “We still have two bills that need to be finished: the capital construction bill and an education bill.”
“These bills were finalized on Saturday, but staff needed more time to get the amendments ready before final votes,” said House District 3 Representative Eric Barlow.” Additionally, we will use Thursday to review the Governor’s vetoes in the budget and potentially vote to override them.”
Right now conference committees are trying to work out the differences in the House and Senate versions of both major bills.
“By the time the House reconvenes on Wednesday to address the Governor’s budget vetoes, the conference committees should have a solution that can be supported by the House and Senate,” said Senator Jeff Wasserburger. “The Senate will meet on Thursday to attempt to override the Governor’s vetoes and to concur on the education bill and the [capital construction] bill.”
More than 300 bills were written this budget session, more than half of which died prior to introduction. A two-thirds vote is required for any legislation not dealing with the budget to be introduced in a budget session.