Better Wyoming conducted a series of interviews on important state issues throughout 2016. Below is an interview with Bill Haley. Part of this interview is supplemented by questions Haley answered in an interview with the WyWatch Political Action Committee.
What do you think about the proposed transfer of management or ownership of federal public lands to state government?
I would not want the hunters, anglers or other outdoor public land users to ever have less public lands to recreate on. There are a lot of opinions on both sides of this issue that will have to be considered. Since I am so new to this issue I would like to have time to investigate it more. My main concern would be that the outdoor recreation opportunities would remain the same or even increase.
The WyWatch Political Action Committee asked Haley about his views on reproductive rights. “Would you sponsor or co-sponsor a bill that would ban abortions where an unborn child is ripped apart limb-by-limb by a dismemberment procedure? Would you sponsor or co-sponsor a bill that would create penalties for women who did not report having an abortion?”
If elected I would be a new legislator. I am not comfortable saying I will sponsor ANY bill right now. I am not an abortion supporter except in extreme cases such as rape or the mother’s health.
But I do oppose any state, federal or local Medicaid taxes funding Planned Parenthood in Wyoming or in the United States.
Haley was not endorsed by WyWatch PAC.
Wyoming’s gender wage gap is ranked the worst in the nation, with women making 64 cents per hour compared to what men make. Some Republican state lawmakers do not believe the gap is real. Do you?
When I went door-to-door this summer no one brought up the issue of the gender wage gap. Since I worked in state government I did not see any bias in wages. Every game warden hired whether male or female was paid the same wage. So if there is a gender bias it has not been mentioned to me yet.
WyWatch also asked Haley if he would oppose any bill that opens the door of a female restroom to “anyone claiming to ‘feel’ like a female at the particular moment,” which would endanger “the safety and security of women and children.”
I will support just about ANY legislation that protects women and children using ANY restroom or locker room or ANYWHERE else they are. We need to have men using the men’s room, PERIOD!
What are some of your priorities if elected to the Wyoming House?
I want to recruit new companies using the state’s business-friendly tax structure and promote tourism and agriculture. I want the University of Wyoming to continue helping laid-off workers and veterans in the state get access higher education.
I also would like to see the Hathaway Scholarship Program expanded to include trade and technical schools to generate good jobs and keep our young people in the state. I’m a strong supporter of law enforcement, crime prevention and prosecution who would focus on child abuse and domestic violence. I will have the backs of public employees, especially teachers.
Bill Haley answered a 2016 survey by WyWatch, a conservative nonprofit unaffiliated with Better Wyoming. Unfortunately, the WyWatch website is no longer available, but Better Wyoming had downloaded his responses and provide them here as a public service.
Many states are passing legislation banning abortions where an unborn child is ripped apart limb by limb by a dismemberment procedure. Would you sponsor or co-sponsor and willingly support such legislation if you are elected?
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Knowing that the abortion recording laws in Wyoming are not enforced due to the lack of penalties for failure to report, would you sponsor or co-sponsor and support legislation to enhance penalties for failure to report abortions in Wyoming?
“If elected I would be a new legislator. I am not comfortable saying I will sponsor ANY bill right now. I am not an abortion supporter except in extreme cases such as rape or the mother’s health.”
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification (SOGI) laws are actively being used across the country to silence those who have religious convictions opposing same-sex marriage. If elected to office do you support or oppose SOGI laws?
Do you support or oppose a parent’s right to home school their children without any government interference?
Do you support or oppose national standardized tests forcing teachers at all local levels to teach to a national standard, therefore creating a national curriculum without parental or local school board control?
Do you support or oppose legislation to teach the Bible in public schools not as a theology course but as an elective for history, literature, social studies, etc.?
Do you support or oppose legislation that would give a business owner (photographer, baker, wedding planner, etc.) the ability to refuse to participate in a same-sex union in Wyoming?
Do you support or oppose legislation opening the doors of a female restroom to “anyone” claiming to “feel” like a female at that particular moment, therefore endangering the safety and security of women and children?
What actions would you be willing to take in order to protect all women and children in restrooms and locker rooms in the state of Wyoming if you are elected?
“I will support just about ANY legislation that protects women and children using ANY restroom or locker room or ANYWHERE else they are. We need to have men using the men’s room, PERIOD!”
Do you support or oppose any state, federal or local Medicaid taxes funding Planned Parenthood in Wyoming or in the United States?