SESSION RECAP: On public lands, the action took place before the session began

March 21, 2017 Better Wyoming didn’t report on public lands issues this legislative session, not because we don’t care about public lands—in fact, they’re among …

SESSION RECAP: Lawmakers’ prefabricated ‘think tank’ bills are useless to Wyoming

March 13, 2017 Imagine you’re a state legislator. So it’s up to you to propose laws that will make Wyoming a better place. How to …

SESSION RECAP: A marijuana reform bill is a terrible thing to waste

There was a time when introducing a marijuana bill in the Wyoming Legislature was a totally futile act. Legalization? Forget it. Ditto decriminalization and medical …

SESSION RECAP: Lawmakers opted to tackle 10 percent of Wyoming’s education funding crisis and solve the other 90 percent … sometime later

March 7, 2017 How many ways did the Legislature fail Wyoming’s public education system during its recent session? It’s difficult to count them all, but …

Senate Says ‘Welcome Back’ to Nonviolent Felons by Restoring Voter Rights

March 3, 2017 It took him three tries and a lot of work, but Rep. James Byrd (D-Cheyenne) has finally passed a bill to automatically …

Critics say new ENDOW program endows the state with more bureaucracy, waste, and old thinking

March 2, 2017 Just in the nick of time to save our economy, state lawmakers have provided Wyoming a brand spanking new acronym: ENDOW. It …

Wyoming Legislature poised to pass first anti-abortion bills since 1989

The Wyoming Legislature hasn’t passed an anti-abortion bill since 1989, when lawmakers decided to require parental consent and a 48-hour waiting period for minors. Each …

Bill to restore nonviolent felons’ voting rights barely survives committee

February 26, 2017 People with non-violent felonies on their records came a step closer to automatically having their voting rights restored in Wyoming on Friday, …

Campus carry is dead (while bills to allow guns in government meetings and public schools advance)

February 24, 2017 It’s happened before, but it’s still a surprise when one of the most controversial bills of a legislative session is voted on …

Two anti-abortion bills pass first vote in the Senate; two votes to go

February 23, 2017 You might say the Wyoming Senate took two steps backward Thursday for women’s rights to make their own reproductive decisions. But that’s …