Senator Chris Rothfuss who is the Minority Leader in the Wyoming Senate and House Minority Leader Mary Throne say that legislative savings and Medicaid expansion will be among the top discussion items during the upcoming legislative session.
A legislative committee has rejected the Wyoming Department of Health's proposed Medicaid Expansion plan in favor of a bill crafted by the committee. The Share plan was also endorsed by the governor.
The bill approved by the committee would provide participants with a Medicaid-funded health savings account that they could use to purchase private insurance. Senator Charles Scott said that he believes that will encourage participants to be careful with their health care spending.
Gillette Representative Eric Barlow said that remains to be seen.
A bill drafted for the upcoming Wyoming legislative session would attempt to lower penalties for possession of small amounts of Marijuana. Representative Jim Byrd of Cheyenne is sponsoring the bill which would make possession of less than an ounce of Marijuana a civil fine instead of a felony.
House Bill 29 would only fine citizens up to $100 for one ounce of the drug. A third possession offense could carry jail time and probation, but that punishment would not be mandatory and would be left up to the judge.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead said that state leaders should look to the future in an effort to improve the state. In his inaugural address, Mead said he is excited about a number of things as he heads into his second term.
The Legislature’s Joint Education Interim Committee produced a number of noteworthy bills for lawmakers to consider when they return to Cheyenne next month.
They include a bill to fund School Resource Officers and launch a school safety tip line—as well as a constitutional amendment that would ask voters if they’d like to see the state’s schools chief appointed instead of elected.