(Gillette, Wyo.) Today Representative Bill Pownall announced his intentions to seek a third term in House District 52, which represents around 10,000 residents in northern Campbell County.
Pownall, who has served in the House since 2015, said that there are still some issues he’s been working on that he would like to see through the next legislative session. One example is a child custody bill that did not make it to the floor during the last session and was assigned back to the Judiciary Committee.
That committee has already held one interim meeting earlier this month in Worland.
“I would just like to be a part of it,” said Pownall. “And you don’t get to start working on bills that you’re looking at until next year.”
Another interim topic that has been on ongoing issue is justice reinvestment, which Pownall explains is trying to reduce the number of people incarcerated in the state penitentiary.
“I want to make darn sure that the people that deserve to be in jail will still go to jail,” said Pownall. “And it’s usually the high risk ones. The ones that commit serious felonies, serious violent crimes, sexual assaults, and homicide and things like that. I have no sympathy for any of these folks.”
Pownall said the legislative process may seem slow, but that’s because of the wide variety of opinions represented in Cheyenne and it’s that process that is still interesting to him.
“I’m pretty accessible,” said Pownall when asked how he keeps in touch with his constituents throughout the year. Attending events in and around Campbell County is another. But, people often just call or email with concerns.
Pownall and other legislator’s contact information is available online.