Wyoming Legislature update – January 23, 2017
by Albert Sommers, House District #20 Representative
January 24, 2017
Hello Sublette County, this is Albert Sommers reporting to you from Cheyenne on Monday, January 23.Today in Committee of the Whole (COW), we heard bills proposing the following:
-To create a Yellowstone license plate to help fund the Wyoming Natural Resource Trust Fund
-To eliminate teacher accountability statutes and replace it with rule and regulation authority
-To change the WICHE repayment program for veterinarians
-To allow more flexibility for senior citizen districts
-To eliminate elementary school foreign language requirements
-To provide immunity for drug overdose reporting
The Yellowstone license plate died in COW, but I voted for it, because it seemed like a good way to raise revenue for wildlife projects.
I have received a lot of e-mails from Sublette County regarding HB135, the Government Nondiscrimination Act. This bill says that the State of Wyoming shall not take any discriminatory action against a person who believes or acts in accordance with religious belief or moral conviction surrounding the issue of gay marriage or transgender issues. I have read the bill, but the bill is long, and the language is complicated. I have asked our legal staff for an opinion. Would this bill allow a county clerk to refuse a marriage license to a gay couple, or allow a county treasurer to deny a gay person a driver’s license? Should someone whose job is to provide a government service to citizens be allowed to refuse that service based upon religious belief? These are important questions, and I look forward to your comments, as well as the results of my inquiry on the issue. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.