Day At The Wyoming Legislature
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Developments on the seventh day of the Budget Session of the Wyoming Legislature: Tues., Feb. 21, 2012:
BUDGET BILL: Both the House and the Senate started working on the Joint Appropriations Committee’s recommended budget bill for the coming two-year funding cycle. Neither house got through their first full reading of the bill.
PUBLIC RECORDS: The Senate for the second time approved a bill that would restrict public access to information from state agencies and local governments. The Senate voted against rolling back an amendment it adopted on Monday to specify that materials government officials relied on in reaching a decision should not be subject to public review. It also declined to reverse a provision it adopted Monday that would exempt materials sent to fewer than a majority or a quorum of the members of a public body from review.
SPEED LIMITS: The House for the second time approved a bill that would allow motorists driving on two-lane highways to exceed the speed limit by up to 10 miles per hour to pass another vehicle that’s traveling under the speed limit.
PARENTS’ RIGHTS: The House for the second time endorsed a measure that would call on Congress to take steps to change the U.S. Constitution to recognize parents’ right to make decisions about how to raise their children.
JUDICIAL SALARIES: The Senate for the second time approved a bill that would raise the pay for members of the state’s judiciary.