Wyoming Legislature update: Feb. 26, 2015
by Albert Sommers, House District #20 Representative
February 26, 2015
Hello Sublette County, this is Albert Sommers reporting to you from the Capitol on Thursday morning, Feb. 26th.
On Wednesday, we passed several bills on Third Reading including a bill that ensures governmental agencies purchase some of their materials from Wyoming distributers, a bill that creates an endowment account for Wyoming Public Television, a bill amending the Funeral Services Practitioners Act, and a bill that revised certain election codes. All of these bills I supported.
In Committee of the Whole Wednesday, we passed a bill giving veterans an opportunity for in-state tuition at the University of Wyoming, a bill allowing all elected county officials to be covered by Workers Compensation, a bill funding the Large Projects developed through the Wyoming Wildlife Natural Resource Trust Fund, and a bill that would create a Bean Growers Check-off program to fund bean research. I supported all of these bills.
I did have concerns with an election vote centers bill that is supported by the county clerks in Wyoming, because it does away with the requirement that a polling place be created in each voter district. This bill would allow county clerks to centralize voting, and move polling places away from the rural areas. I was convinced this bill is necessary, because it is getting harder to find election officials in all precincts and it is hard to find American Disability Act compliant facilities out in the country. I have been assured this flexibility will not be abused, and so I will vote for the bill in the end.
If you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. My updates are available on my website at albertsommers.com. Thanks.