Entries by BetterWyoming

Legislature strongarms University of Wyoming over student health insurance abortion coverage

Lawmakers used budget amendments last week to force UW to re-negotiate its student group insurance plan to remove abortion coverage. This is despite the fact that student insurance consists of private plans paid for with private funds.

After last year’s defeats, bills return to reinforce Wyoming GOP power

Bills to ban “crossover voting” in party primaries and to decrease minority party participation in the Legislature’s Management Council died in 2019. New, less strident versions are back in 2020.

Wyoming doesn’t have late-term abortions, but a bill to govern them advances anyway

Medical professionals, including one committee member, condemned the proposal to criminalize doctors who fail to perform life-saving procedures on aborted fetuses that are “born alive.”

A bad rerun: 48-hour waiting period for abortions clears Wyoming House committee

The same bill, which would imprison doctors who violate the waiting period for up to ten years, passed the same committee last year with the same vote.

Senate committee advances bill to cut $16.5 million from Wyoming school funding

A bill to cut transportation and discretionary funds would largely offset the “External cost adjustment” districts are set to receive to buoy teacher salaries.

Wyoming House advances statewide lodging tax bill

The proposal would impose a 5 percent tax on hotel stays, generating an estimated $19 million per year mostly from out-of-state visitors.

Wyoming Legislature introduces three anti-abortion measures, including extreme “Heartbeat bill”

The “heartbeat bill” would effectively ban abortion in Wyoming. Another would mandate a waiting period for the procedure. The third is a pointless barb in the culture wars.

Wyoming House kills bill to create new school funding source, will instead spend state savings

The House declined to hold an introductory vote on a proposed corporate income tax that would have generated tens of millions of dollars each year for Wyoming schools.

Wyoming legislators want to cut education funding. So why are they giving teachers raises?

The Wyoming Legislature is looking to increase education funding by $38 million so school districts can give teachers cost-of-living raises. Lawmakers aren’t doing it because they want to—they’re doing it because our state constitution demands it.

Wyoming House wastes no time—or words—killing Medicaid expansion

A bill to expand Medicaid failed an introductory vote Monday, just hours after the Legislature convened, leaving tens of thousands of Wyomingites without healthcare … again.