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Legislative Report: Students Lobby [AUDIO]

Students advocate for several bills. The House passes a bill that says Wyoming won’t recognize prescription marijuana from other states. Amy Richards has these stories and more in Tuesday’s Legislative Report.

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Students from “Youth for Justice” out of Cody, are in Cheyenne this week to lobby for two bills. Chase Walton, a junior at Cody High School, says House Bill 133, sponsored by Rep. Pat Childers, would provide special limited fishing permits.

Chase Walton:

“We have classes in high school where kids will go around and they’ll canoe, and they’ll kayak and they’ll fish and they’ll do other outdoor activities. And one part of the curriculum is they go fly fishing and fishing, what’s happening is when kids realize they have to buy a special fishing license, then they have to drop the class because the cost is too much. So we’re proposing, is that, the fishing license be free while they’re in this class and enrolled with a teacher who is licensed to teach it.”

That bill passed second reading in the House today (Tuesday).

The second bill is Senate File 59. Jessica Daniel, a senior at Cody High School, says the bill would regulate spice as a class-one drug.

Jessica Daniel:

“The bill basically outlaws spice; it makes it a schedule-one drug and regulates it so they can’t sell it, because right now it’s not regulated, which makes it really hard to know what’s in it. Because a lot of things are sprayed on these herbal incenses, and you don’t know what’s in the spice at all, it’s really hard to regulate it and you don’t know what’s going into people’s systems.”

The bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A bill that would make prescriptions for marijuana from other states invalid in Wyoming passed third reading in the House. House Speaker Rep. Ed Buchanan says HB 69 is needed in the state.

Rep. Ed Buchanan, other states:

“What we found was that because states like Montana and Colorado passed laws that allow people to receive marijuana or be in possession for different purposes, that we get people traveling through here who get pulled over, and for the most part have actually not been in possession of anything, but amounts and in types that make it clear they’re not being used for medicinal purposes.”

Buchanan says so far things have gone pretty well. He says the number of bills are down this year and there has been a steady stream of work.

Rep. Buchanan, bills arrive apace:

“There’s a nice steady stream of bills coming through, and we haven’t seen the budget but we’ve got a pretty good idea of what it looks like now, even though it hasn’t been presented to the floor. There about to the end of mark-up now, and we’re comfortable with where we are going in to both side to look for amendments.”

Buchanan says they won’t take up the supplemental budget bill until the second week in February.

The Senate passed Joint Resolution 6 on second reading today.

If passed, the bill would express the state’s displeasure about the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to regulate green house gases by rule-making. Sen. Eli Bebout explains.

Sen. Eli Bebout:

“Actions they’re taking, and clearly the cap and trade bill that failed in the Congress last year was the impetus behind this, and since they couldn’t do through Congress, now they’re trying to do it through rules.  I’m opposed to that; I think it’s over-reaching and it should not happen, and really we don’t have any other choice other than things like this to let our Congress and people know that we’re opposed to that and we think something should be done about it.”

With the Legislative Report, I’m Amy Richards for K2 Radio News.

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