How key bills fared in the wyoming legislature 307 politics trib.com electricity worksheets for 4th grade

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What it does: The omnibus bill, which after extensive negotiations was passed by both chambers, cuts $34 million from public education next year while also creating a committee that will study a number of things, including recalibrating the education funding model. Normally, that process happens every five years. It last took place in 2015.

What they’re saying: The Legislature eventually focused on three education funding measures. In addition to HB236 and SF165, the Senate added an amendment to the budget bill that would have required $91 million in cuts to public education next year.

SF165 died in the House, and lawmakers cut down the $91 million figure to a conditional $45 million reduction spread over a two-year period. The Senate significantly altered HB236, including killing the conditional sales tax increase. Senate President Eli Bebout had previously said he was opposed to any revenue increases, a sentiment shared by many in his chamber.

At the 11th hour of the last day of the Legislature, lawmakers agreed on a deal to pass HB236. It institutes about $34 million in cuts next year. Legislators also scaled back the budget amendment, which was rendered moot for next year because of HB236’s reductions.

What it does: A constitutional amendment that needs support from two-thirds of the House and Senate before going on the ballot. If the federal government ever transferred federal lands to Wyoming, the bill specifies the land can only be exchanged for other land in a county, with a minimal net loss or gain in the exchange. The land would have to be managed for multiple use. Land cannot be sold, except when there are pressing circumstances related to public health and welfare or to public entities for public purposes.

What they’re saying: Sportsmen and conservation groups detest the bill, saying it will pave the way for sale of the lands. They argue the state, which currently manages only 3 million acres, cannot handle the estimated additional 25 million acres it could receive. A large wildfire will wipe out the state’s lands budget, forcing Wyoming to sell off the lands to the highest bidder, forever closing off access. Legislators who support the bill note Wyoming’s precarious revenue environment, in which the state is dependent on the feds to approve oil, gas and mining permits. They argue the federal government is too slow and has too much red tape.

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