A ban on sanctuary cities, hike in the minimum wage and repeal of the death penalty are just a few of the bills that didn’t make it off the Senate and House floors this session. Here’s a quick run-down of some of the failed bills following the second week of the 2020 Wyoming State Legislative Session.
HB236 – Caller Identification Fraud-Criminal Liability (sponsored by Rep(s) Jennings, Edwards, Laursen, Pelkey and Tass): A bill that would limit the use of misleading caller identification information by telephone solicitors and merchants as specified, making it a crime to provide misleading telephone caller identification information.
HB125 – Safety Belts (sponsored by Rep(s) Burkhart, Blake and Brown and Senator(s) Pappas and Von Flatern): A bill that would prohibit law enforcement to stop vehicles solely for safety belt violations, specifying a driver’s responsibility to require passengers under sixteen years of age to wear a safety belt.
HB144 – Minimum Wage (sponsored by Rep(s) Yin and Sen(s) Gierau): A bill allowing county commission board to establish a higher state minimum hourly wage.
HB140 – Tourism Funding (sponsored by Rep(s) Hallinan, Brown, Henderson and Laursen and Sen(s) Hicks): A bill to revise the distribution of the lodging tax.
SF88 – Repeal Gun Free Zones and Preemption Amendments (sponsored by Sen(s) Bouchard, Biteman, James and Steinmetz and Rep(s) Blackburn, Clem, Edwards, Gray, Jennings, Laursen, Piiparinen, Salazar, Styvar and Tass): A bill to give the state legislature the authority to repeal gun free zones and allow for concealed carry.
HJ7 – Medicaid Coverage-Eligible Low-Income Adults (sponsored by Rep(s) Sweeney, Brown, Clifford, Connolly, Furphy, Henderson, Yin and Zwonitzer): A joint resolution to expand Medicaid coverage to eligible low-income adults.
SF80 – Handgun Purchases (sponsored by Sen(s) Rothfuss and Rep(s) Connolly and Furphy): A law that would require a mandatory waiting period for the purchase of a handgun exemption.
HB169 – Sales and Use Tax Increase (sponsored by Rep(s) Connolly, Sweeney and Zwonitzer and Sen(s) Case and Rothfuss): A bill to increase the state sales and use tax rates.
HB188 – Wage Transparency (sponsored by Rep(s) Connolly, Hallinan, Sweeney and Wilson and Sen(s) Ellis, Pappas, Rothfuss and Von Flatern): A bill that would require that would prohibit an employer from barring an employee from disclosing wage information, requiring an employee to waive wage disclosure rights, or prohibiting an employer from discriminating against an employee.
HB108 – Ban on Sanctuary Cities and Counties (sponsored by Rep(s) Gray, Eyre, Jennings, Lindholm, Loucks, Salazar, Tass and Washut and Sen(s) Bebout and James): A bill to ban cities, towns, and counties from implementing immigration sanctuary policies.
HB166 – Death Penalty Repeal – (sponsored by Rep(s) Olsen, Barlow, Blake, Brown, Burkhart, Burlingame, Clifford, Connolly, Crank, Dayton-Selman, Eklund, Eyre, Flitner, Freeman, Harshman, Henderson, Larsen, Lindholm, Nicholas, Olsen, Pelkey, Piiparinen, Roscoe, Schwartz, Tass, Western, Wilson, Yin and Zwonitzer and Sen(s) Anselmi-Dalton, Baldwin, Boner, Case, Gierau, Kost, Landen, Pappas, Rothfuss, Schuler and Von Flatern): A bill to repeal the death penalty, eliminating procedures related to the imposition and execution of death sentences.
SF29 – Optometrist Practice Act Amendments (sponsored by Sen(s) Baldwin, Boner, Coe, Dockstader and Von Flatern and Rep(s) Barlow, Blake, Freeman, Laursen and Sommers): A bill that would prohibit an optometrist from performing specified procedures, amending optometrists’ prescription and pharmaceutical drug prescribing authority.
HB75 – Medicaid Expansion-Authorization (sponsored by the Joint Revenue Interim Committee): A bill requiring collaboration concerning the expansion of Medicaid eligibility, authorizing the expansion of eligibility as specified and providing a sunset provision.
HB240 – Tolling Authority for I-80-2 (sponsored by Rep(s) MacGuire, Burkhart, Burlingame, Connolly, Eklund, Furphy, Haley, Harshman, Miller, Obermueller, Roscoe and Sweeney and Sen(s) Von Flatern): A bill to allow the state to create a commission to study the viability of enacting tolls on 1-80.
HB152 – Student Hazing (sponsored by Rep(s) Stith and Western and Sen.Anselmi-Dalton): An act to make hazing a crime in schools and colleges throughout Wyoming.
HB70 – State Employee-Moving Expenses (sponsored by the Joint Transportation, Highways & Military Affairs Interim Committee): An act to authorize the state to pay for moving expenses for state officers and employees.
HB154 – Severance Tax on Coal (sponsored by Rep(s) Hallinan, Clem, Edwards, Laursen, Miller and Salazar and Sen. Biteman): An act to reduce the severance tax rate for surface coal as specified per tax distribution provisions.
HB140 – Tourism Funding (sponsored by Rep(s) Hallinan, Brown, Henderson and Laursen and Sen. Hicks): A bill to revise the distribution of the lodging tax and requirements for distribution of lodging tax revenues.
HB205 – Tobacco Taxes-Amendments (sponsored by Rep(s) Burlingame and Sen(s) Rothfuss and Scott): A bill to increase the tax rate on cigarettes and other tobacco products subject to regulation, increase the licensing fee and tax out-of-state sales.
HB63 – Fuel Tax (sponsored by the Joint Revenue Interim Committee): A bill to increase the fuel tax and amend certain distributions of fuel tax revenues.