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Wyoming House moves forward with plan to increase the number of legislators

Jackson Rep. Mike Yin discusses the redistricting plan
Bob Beck
Wyoming Public Media
Jackson Rep. Mike Yin discusses the redistricting plan

The Wyoming House of Representatives continues to support increasing the legislature by three members. During the second day of debate on redistricting, Rock Springs Republican Clark Stith brought an amendment to adopt a map that would hold the legislature at 60 Representatives and 30 Senators.

Stith was critical of the committee that crafted the plan to increase the legislature and argued that it wasn’t necessary, especially a year after the legislature cut $430 million out of the state budget and laid off 300 employees.

Lingle Rep. Shelly Duncan was a member of the committee that crafted the plan. She said crafting a legislative map with the current number of legislators led to consternation, especially for people in rural districts who wanted to avoid huge legislative districts.

“We worked diligently and hard to make a 60-30 work…we couldn’t. It was difficult. And then when we had a 62-31 plan it fell into place pretty easily,” said Duncan.

The House voted to support the current plan and will take a final vote on the measure on Friday.

Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
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