All of the following, except as specifically noted, have been approved for introduction by a Committee.  Many Committees are still meeting in January, thus not all drafts are in final form.  Nor have all been assigned a House Bill or Senate File number at this time.  If no House Bill or Senate File number appears, the number referenced is the 2006 LSO draft number and some changes may be made to the referenced draft depending on the latest Committee action.  One caveat – this summary has been prepared solely to provide a very quick overview of bills being sponsored by the various committees.  In order to keep the overview short, the summaries are acknowledged to be incomplete and absolutely make no attempt to address all aspects of the bills.  The entire bill must be read if a person wishes to know its full contents and effect.


HB 66  Sex offender penalties.

This bill would create an enhanced penalty of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for any sex offender if the offender is convicted of sexual assault of a minor and has at least one prior conviction for specified sexual offenses which arose as a result of a separate occurrence, including first through third degree sexual assault, regardless of the age of the victim, or indecent liberties against a minor if the victim was under age 16 and the actor was at least 4 years older at the time of the prior offense.

HB 80  Medical reimbursement for obstetric services.

This bill would extend the enhanced reimbursement program that was authorized under 2004 Wyoming Special Session Laws, Chapter 2, for obstetric services under the Wyoming Medical Assistance and Services Act (Medicaid).  Under the act, physicians performing obstetric services for Medicaid eligible patients will receive 90% of the statewide average for obstetric services, not to exceed 100% of the physician's usual and customary charges for the authorized services. The bill provides an appropriation for the FY07-08 biennium to pay for the enhanced reimbursement ($3.5 Million in general funds and $3.8 Million in federal funds).

HB 81  Medical malpractice insurance account.

This bill would extend the medical malpractice insurance loan account program authorized by 2004 Wyoming Special Sessions Laws, Chapter 5, which was available to assist physicians with their medical malpractice insurance premiums if application for assistance was made prior to January 15, 2005.  The deadline for applying for the assistance has been extended under this bill to March 30, 2007, with an appropriation provided for the anticipated loan requests ($682,500 in general funds).

HB 82  Juvenile justice task force.

This bill would create a juvenile justice task force with specified membership to examine various aspects of the juvenile justice system, including jurisdiction, gatekeeping options, length of time in the system, services received and preferred outcomes for juveniles.  The task force is to report its findings and recommendations by October 1, 2006 to the Governor, Chief Justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court and the Joint Judiciary Interim Committee.  There is an appropriation for task force meetings ( $75,000 in general funds).

SF 40  Judicial retirement.

This bill is intended to clarify that the judicial retirement program that existed prior to July 1, 1998 applies only to judges appointed prior to that date, or those already receiving benefits under that program.  All other judges will receive benefits under the judicial retirement program created on July 1, 1998.

SF 41  Child support-income withholding amendment.

This bill would eliminate the requirement that the cost of mailing the income withholding notice to the employee be borne by the obligee.

SF 43  Forensic evaluations.

This bill would require the Wyoming State Hospital (WSH) to perform, only if the court requests an opinion on the matter, a forensic evaluation upon a person accused of a crime, to determine if the person, at the time of the alleged criminal conduct, lacked substantial capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of his conduct or to conform his conduct to the requirements of the law. Currently the report from the WSH requires the evaluation, whether requested or not, along with the evaluation of the person's fitness to participate in his defense at trial. The latter evaluation would still be required in all cases where an accused is sent to the WSH before his trial.

06LSO-0165.C1  Involuntary commitments.

This bill would amend procedures for the involuntary commitment of persons who are mentally ill and who pose a danger to self or others.  It specifies that the State Hospital is the hospital of last resort and specifies who is responsible for payment of costs for emergency detentions after the first 72 hours of hospitalization. 


06LSO-0045.C1  Permanent Wyoming Mineral Trust Fund.

This proposed constitutional amendment would clarify that all funds deposited into the Permanent Wyoming Mineral Trust Fund are inviolate.  Currently the revenues from the Constitutionally required 1.5% mineral severance tax on certain minerals are clearly inviolate, but there is a difference of opinion as to the inviolate nature of additional mineral tax revenues or other funds deposited to the PWMTF.

SF 59  State technology oversight.

The bill would clarify and modify the role of the state chief information officer and those state entities which are and are not subject to oversight for information technology purposes.

06LSO-0103.C1  Law enforcement retirement.  (The Committee has not voted to sponsor this bill;  it is scheduled for discussion in January). 

This draft imposes a time limit (until June 30, 2008) for a city, town or county to elect to participate in a specified state law enforcement retirement plan.


HB 19 Severance tax cap–increase.

This bill increases the cap on the distribution of severance taxes from $155 Million to $200 Million.  The bill diverts 14.01% of the revenue that would normally go into the general fund to the multi-lane highway fund for the purposes of construction and maintaining multi-lane highways in the state. 

HB 20 Private equity investments.

The bill creates a private equity investment account within the permanent Wyoming mineral trust fund and authorizes the state treasurer to invest the moneys in private equities.  The fund is limited to $175 Million.  The fund is to be used primarily to invest in the buy-out of existing profitable companies.  This bill contains an appropriation of $50,000,000 from the general fund to the proposed Private Equity Investment Account within the PWMTF.

HB 21 Federal mineral royalty cap–increase.

This bill increases the cap on the distribution of federal mineral royalties from $200 Million to $250 Million.  The bill does not change the percentages for distribution of "under the cap" royalties.

HB 22 Multi-lane highways–funding.

This bill creates an account within the highway fund that is designated the multi-lane highway fund.  The bill contains an appropriation of $75 Million to be placed in the multi-lane highway fund for the purposes of constructing and maintaining multi-lane highways in the state.

HB 31 Sales tax exemption–oil & gas well.

This bill exempts from sales tax those drilling activities that are classified as the deepening or extending of any well previously drilled for oil and gas beyond the point they were initially drilled.

HB 42 Sales and use tax–contractors as vendors.

This bill imposes a sales and use tax when a contractor is acting as a vendor.  It covers situations when a contractor is acting as a retail merchant or when the contractor is billing material and labor separately.

HB 43 Natural gas valuation.

The bill is essentially the same bill that was sponsored by the committee in 2003 and 2005.  The bill addresses the valuation of producer/processed natural gas for taxation purposes.  The bill would require the use of the "netback" method of valuation for such natural gas.

SF 11 Property taxation-intangibles for 2006.

For calendar year 2006, the bill provides an exemption for intangible personal property attributable to Wyoming when the intangible personal is separately identified on the taxpayer's books and records.  (The bill is an extension of the exemption granted for the year 2005.)

SF 12 Intangible property-definition of real property.

The bill amends the definition of "real property" passed in 2005 to include any intangible "characteristic" which contributes to the fair market value of the property.

SF 31 Intangible property-definitions.

The bill defines tangible and intangible personal property and provides for the taxation thereof.  The bill exempts certain intangible property from taxation.

SF 32 Intangible property-taxation.

The bill governs the taxation of certain intangible property by exempting a portion of the intangible property held by various types of industry.  The department of revenue is required to set the percentage and then report on the results of the program.

SF 35 State assessed property taxation-study.

The bill creates a task force to study state assessed property.  The task force is to study the composition of the current ad valorem (property) tax classification of industrial and commercial property, the department of revenue's methodology for assessment and valuation, and determine any impacts that the methodologies for valuation have on competition and uniformity.  The bill contains an appropriation of $25,000 from the general fund.

06LSO-0282.C1 Sales tax amendments.

This bill is a result of the Department of Revenue's Streamlined Sales tax initiative.  It provides a source at which sales tax shall be imposed for transactions subject to sales and use tax collections in the State of Wyoming.


The following bill drafts will be considered at the Committee's February meeting:

06LSO-0063.C1 Private school licensing-amendments. (To be voted on by the Committee.)

The proposal modifies current licensing requirements imposed upon private post-secondary education degree granting institutions operating in this state by requiring registration with the Wyoming state department of education and accreditation by an approved accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. department of education and accepted by the Wyoming department of education.  Under existing law, the Wyoming state board of education is required to license such institutions and to inspect licensed institutions to ensure compliance.

06LSO-0180.W6  School finance amendments. (To be voted on by the Committee.)

The proposal would forward the recommendations contained within the 2005 Recalibration Study initiated and submitted by the Select School Finance Committee.  Contained within this proposal will be the recalibrated components contained within the adopted school finance funding formula, together with mandates for model administration and future studies accompanying model recalibration.   The current draft contains numerous appropriations to supplement the budget bill for school financing.  Please see the draft for those appropriations.

06LSO-0332.W3  Adult basic education.  (To be voted on by the Committee.)

The draft would transfer the adult basic education/general educational development programs from the department of workforce services to the Wyoming community college commission.

The following three bill drafts were recommended to the Education Committee by the Merit Scholarship Committee.  The Education Committee will consider these bills at its  February meeting. 

06LSO-0042.W11  Hathaway scholarship program.  (To be voted on by the Committee.)

The draft bill creates 4 levels of Hathaway merit scholarships for Wyoming residents to attend the University of Wyoming or a Wyoming Community College.  The merit scholarship amounts range from $800 to $1,600 per semester.  They are based initially on ACT and high school GPA requirements.  They are available for the equivalent of four to eight full time semesters with a maximum time for attendance under the scholarship of six academic years.  There are also Hathaway need based scholarships.  These are available only if the student has first earned a Hathaway merit scholarship and continues to be eligible for the merit scholarship. The need based scholarships are awarded only if the student has at least $2,000 annually in unmet financial need.   The bill calls for the program to be applicable to students graduating in the spring of 2006, and to receive Hathaway scholarships beginning with the fall of 2006. 

06LSO-0145.W3  Higher education appropriations.  (To be voted on by the Committee.)

This draft bill provides funding for the Hathaway scholarships and higher education endowments.  Seventeen million dollars is appropriated from the common school permanent fund reserve account for the Hathaway program initial funding and a reserve account.  Sustained funding of the program is provided through an endowment.  Current law provides for federal mineral royalties to be deposited to the endowment account.  The draft bill provides a general fund appropriation to the endowment account as necessary to complete the funding of that account in the amount of $400 million dollars. An appropriation of one hundred thousand dollars and two full time positions are provided to the Department of Education. 

A separate higher education endowment account is also provided funding under the draft bill.  A general fund appropriation in the amount of one hundred five million dollars, is made as necessary to complete funding of that account. 

06LSO-0056.W2   Higher education endowment funds.  (To be voted on by the Committee.)

This draft resolution would authorize, not require, the Legislature to permit investment of education trust funds in equities.  The State Treasurer's Office has previously noted that investments in equities can increase earnings from an estimated four percent to seven percent.  The resolution would also allow the Legislature to ensure the inviolate nature of education trust funds.  Under current interpretation of the Attorney General, the Constitution does not protect trust funds established by legislative action from future appropriation by subsequent legislative action. 


HB 24  Predator management program.

This bill would modify predator management districts and district boards, add directors and modify the annual meeting date.  The bill would allow for management of damage from predacious birds and provide for comprehensive predator management to address livestock, wildlife and public health concerns.  It would amend the fees collected on livestock.  The bill contains an appropriation of $10 Million from the general fund and one additional full-time position.

HB 25  Cost of care bonding.

This bill would create a provision for impoundment of animals and to provide for their care.  This bill would modify the definition of cruelty of domestic animals, provide for bonding and modify lien provisions.

HB 26  Eminent domain.

This bill would define "public use" for eminent domain purposes. "Public use" is defined to exclude the taking of private property by a governmental entity for the benefit of another private individual or private entity and specifically excludes acquisition primarily for economic development, industrial development, an increase to the tax base, an increase to tax revenues, an increase in employment and an increase in general economic health.

HB 27  Brands.

This bill would add a provision for seed stock and exhibitor permits and would increase fees.  It would modify the conditions under which inspections could be done and would permit a fee for nonmandatory inspections and would allow for funds to be appropriated by the legislature.  The bill would create a task force to study the brand program and provides an appropriation of $50,000 from the general fund.

HB 29  Anti-trust provisions.

This bill would allow an anti-trust suit to be brought for an indirect injury and would provide for treble damages.

HB 39  Wyoming livestock board.

This bill would allow the livestock board to conduct business electronically and increases the compensation of the livestock board to be the same as the legislature.  The bill provides an appropriation of $50,000 from the general fund.

HB 40  Grain indemnity account.

This bill would create a grain indemnity program and establish a grain indemnity account.  It would provide for assessments, establish penalties, require bonding and provides an appropriation of $20,000 from the general fund.

SF 13  State fair rodeo.

This bill would allow restrictions at the state fair rodeo if the restrictions were required by a sanctioning body of a particular event.

SF 15   Livestock dealer registration.

This bill would require the registration of livestock dealers and provides for enforcement.  This bill is proposed in order for Wyoming to obtain a brucellosis free status from the federal government.

SF 16  Board of agriculture.

This bill would expand the board from 9 to 13 members by adding 4 youth leadership members as permanent members.   It would extend the term of the board from 4 to 6 years and increases the compensation of the board to the amounts paid to legislators.  The bill provides an appropriation of $50,000 from the general fund.

SF 17  Abandonment of sheep.

This bill would increase the fine if a herder abandons sheep and extends the penalty to any person who helps a herder abandon sheep.

SF 18   Misuse of state lands.

This bill would provide enforcement for violations on state lands by providing criminal penalties and enhanced damages and by providing enforcement authority to specified law enforcement agencies.

SF 26   Eminent domain moratorium.

This bill would impose a moratorium on certain eminent domain actions.

SF 34   Wyoming livestock board reorganization.

This bill would modify the board membership and provide for a director of the board to be the chief executive officer of the board.  The bill provides an appropriation of $262,5000 from the general fund.

SF 45  Pesticide registration fee.

This bill would allow the fee collected on pesticide registrations to be put into an account in the department of agriculture to be used for pesticide control.


HB 30  Intentional feeding of game animals.

The bill prohibits private feeding of big game animals.  It is in response to recommendation #26 from the Brucellosis Task Force. 

HB 32  Electronic licensing.

The bill allows the game and fish department to issue hunting and fishing licenses electronically.

SF 8  Board of outfitters-authority.

The bill does the following:

1.  Provides term limits on board of outfitters members;

2.  Clarifies the board's authority to cite unlicensed outfitters and guides;

3.  Increases penalties for second and subsequent violations of outfitting without a license;

4.  Provides for forfeiture of equipment used when outfitting without a license;

5.  Prohibits leasing of lands for hunting to unlicensed outfitters

06LSO 0122.C1 – Pari-mutuel commission authority.

The bill provides for background checks and allows for simulcasting of races from places with a higher percentage allowed to be retained by the track.

06LSO 0137.C1  Gaming regulation.

The bill creates a state gaming commission to regulate currently allowed forms of gambling in the state.  Nonprofit organizations would be required to obtain a license from a local licensing authority after approval by the state gaming commission. 


HB 2  Liquor licenses.

This bill adjusts the population formula for issuance of retail liquor licenses.  The bill increases the number of retail liquor licenses that may be issued by a county within a five mile radius of a city or town from three to six, and decreases the population requirement within towns from 3,000 to 2,500 persons.

HB 3 Annexation agreements.

This bill allows concurrent platting and annexation.  The bill also allows municipalities to make waiver of objection to annexation a requirement in agreements to extend water and sewer services to non-municipal residents. 

HB 4  Direct shipment-winery.

This bill conforms state law with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Granholm v. Heald.  The bill allows direct shipment of wine from in-state wineries to persons in the state.

HB 5  Alcohol without liquid.

This bill prohibits the use of machines which deliver alcohol through vaporization.

HB 6  Restaurant liquor licenses.

This bill provides for on premise dispensing rooms in restaurants with a restaurant liquor license.  The bill retains the requirement that the ratio of food to alcohol sold be at least 60%/40%, continues the hours of operation requirements and continues to prohibit the sale of package liquor with a restaurant liquor license. 

HB 11 Minor purchasing alcohol.

This bill provides for suspension of a minor's driver's license if the minor is convicted of attempting to purchase alcohol while using a vehicle during the offense.  The suspension would be discretionary with the court, but mandatory by the department if directed to do so by the court.

HB 63  Public work contracts-vendor preferences–2.

This bill changes the definition of resident to reflect the larger businesses in Wyoming that are otherwise owned by out of state entities, changes the definition of principal office, and changes the percentage of non-resident subcontractors that may be used by a resident preference bid awardee.  

HB 67  Telecommunications.

This bill substantially rewrites the telecommunications act of 1995.  The bill eliminates total service long run incremental cost as the floor for essential telecommunications service prices, and instead sets a maximum price for which these services can be priced.  The bill also redefines when the PSC can find that competition exists in a market and therefore when deregulation can occur.

SF 9  Electrical inspections–exceptions.

The bill allows cable companies to use installers other than licensed low voltage installers when installing lines carrying communications, data and related services of cable TV providers.

SF 10  County commissioners staff.

This bill specifies that county commissioners may hire staff to deal with non-discretionary functions of the commission. 

SF 19  Standard nonforfeiture law for deferred annuities.

This bill amends the law that sets minimum benefits standards for annuities.  It has two main features:  it adjusts the expense levels allowed by companies and sets a minimum payout.

SF 20  Interstate insurance product regulation compact.

The bill enters the State in the interstate insurance production regulation compact.  The compact allows insurance companies to submit potential insurance contracts for life, long term care, annuity and disability policies to a centralized office for filing, review and approval. 

SF 21 Coroners requirements.

This bill allows counties to contract for coroner services through joint powers agreements.  This is made explicit in the coroner statutes.  The bill sets a minimum number of meetings for the board of coroners and requires the law enforcement academy to provide training.  It allows the Attorney General to enforce the training requirements.  This bill contains an appropriation of $10,000 from the general fund.

SF 22 Electrical board membership.

This bill expands the board to five members and prohibits more than one member from working for the same entity. 

SF 23 Electrical safety code-civil penalties.

This bill would allow the department of electrical safety to assess civil penalties for violations of the electrical code.

SF 24  Chief electrical inspector-inspection of electrocutions.

This bill gives the chief electrical inspector authority to investigate electrocutions. 


HB 7  Insurance intoxication exclusion.

This bill would prohibit the inclusion in any insurance policy of a clause that excludes payment of benefits because the insured was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

HB 14 Highway patrol troopers.

This bill appropriates $3,734,000 from the general fund for the 2007-08 fiscal biennium to the Department of Transportation for twenty additional highway patrol troopers.

HB 15 UW specialty license plates.

This bill would authorize the issuance of University of Wyoming specialty license plates upon payment of a $100 fee to the University Alumni Association.

HB 16 National guard life insurance contribution.

This bill would authorize the Wyoming National Guard to reimburse members for the cost of the federal service members group life insurance premium if the members are serving under an enlistment agreement of at least six years.  The bill appropriates $1,900,000 from the general fund to the Military Department.

HB 17 National guard recruiting incentive.

This bill would authorize the payment of a $500 bonus to members for referral of a new guard member.  The bonus would be payable upon successful completion of any required basic training.  The bill appropriates $450,000 from the general fund to the Military Department.

SF 27 Motor vehicle insurance verification.

This bill would require the Department of Transportation to create a system for on-line verification of motor vehicle insurance coverage, and would require insurers to supply the necessary information for the system.  The bill appropriates $250,000 from the general fund to the Department of Transportation.

SF 29 Drivers' education course certification.

This bill directs the Department of Education to adopt rules for the certification of public and private driver's education courses, and provides that only certified courses can issue a certification of completion for purposes of obtaining a  restricted driver's license exemption.

SF 49  Ignition interlock devices.

This bill would allow the early termination of an alcohol-related license suspension or revocation if the licensee has a breathalyzer ignition interlock device installed on the licensee's vehicles.  The bill requires the Department of Transportation to adopt rules for the program, including certification of ignition interlock installers.

06LSO-0202.C1 Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

This bill would remove a provision in existing law that prohibits National Guardsman from being "under arms" when called to active duty for service in another state.


HB 60  Wyoming business council.

This bill would modify the eligibility of projects under the business ready community program and the community facilities program.

HB 61  Coal value added facilities-tax exemptions.

This bill would create a sales and use tax exemption for new coal gasification or coal liquefaction facilities, otherwise known as value added facilities.

SF 37   School of energy resources.

This bill would create the school of energy resources at the University of Wyoming.  It also establishes an energy resources council and provides an appropriation of $12,071,997 from the general fund to the University of Wyoming.

SF 38   Solid waste landfill planning and monitoring.

This bill would provide for integrated solid waste management planning by local governmental entities, provide for monitoring of solid waste landfills, and provides a number of appropriations and authorizes two additional positions to the department of environmental quality.  The appropriations are $7,970,000 for monitoring grants; $1,300,000 for planning grants and $320,500 for the additional positions; all from the general fund to the department of environmental quality.

SF 42  Public funds-investments.

This bill would allow banks to participate in national investment pools by eliminating the requirement that funds be kept on deposit in Wyoming and would provide for additional investments of public funds.

06LSO-0328.C1  Wyoming pipeline authority.

(To be voted on by the Committee.)

This bill would change the name of the Wyoming natural gas pipeline authority to the Wyoming pipeline authority, increase the authority's bonding capacity and expand the state treasurer's investment authority to invest in pipeline bonds.

06LSO-0370.C1  Wyoming infrastructure authority.

(To be voted on by the Committee.)

This bill would expand the purpose of the Wyoming infrastructure authority to include advanced coal technology facilities and advanced energy technology facilities. 


HB 9 Workers' compensation-drug and alcohol testing.

This bill would create a new 5% premium discount for employers who implement a drug and alcohol workplace testing program approved by the Workers' Safety and Compensation Division.

HB 10 Workers' compensation amendments.

This bill would make coverage under the worker's compensation act dependent on the location of the individual employee's work, regardless of employer's home location or principal place of business.  It would also allow new employers to pay estimated advance premiums in lieu of posting a bond.  It would also provide a $100 penalty for each late employer payroll report.  It would impose 2% per month interest on all delinquent premium payments by repealing the language "or fifty dollars ($50.00) per month, whichever is greater."

HB 36 Childhood immunizations.

This bill appropriates $5 Million to the Department of Health to purchase vaccine for the 45% of Wyoming children who are not already eligible for free vaccine under the federal vaccine for children program.

HB 37 Workers' compensation fund investment.

This bill would authorize the investment of the up to 45% of workers' compensation fund reserves in common stocks.

HB 54 Tobacco tax increase-Medicaid funding.

This bill would increase cigarette and other tobacco taxes by 40%.  The increase would be continuously appropriated to the Department of Health for the Medicaid program.

HB 72  Healthy living-healthy learning grants.

This bill authorizes the Department of Education through newly-created boards to make grants of up to $65,000 to local school districts that implement specified health-related activities and curriculum in the district's schools.

SF 47 Health care provider loan repayments.

An existing Department of Health program reimburses physicians and dentists up to $30,000 per year, and other health care professionals up to $10,000 per year, for student loan obligations for each year the provider works in an underserved area of the state. This bill expands the program to cover speech and language pathologists.  It requires the department to consult with appropriate licensing boards when adopting rules to implement the program.  The bill appropriates $10 Million from the budget reserve account to the department of health for loan repayments and $93,000 from the general fund to the department for one additional part-time position.

SF 48 Health care commission amendments.

The Wyoming Health Care Commission was created in 2002 to study issues related to health insurance availability/affordability and medical malpractice.  This bill extends the Commission's sunset by three years; adds the Department of Health director and the insurance commissioner as ex officio members; staggers the terms of the commissioners; repeals obsolete language regarding completed tasks; authorizes the Commission to charge fees for its reports; authorizes the Commission to request administrative subpoenas from the Office of Administrative Hearings; requires additional studies of ways to reduce the number of uninsured, to revise Medicaid benefits, to create alternative compensation systems for medical malpractice and to analyze the effects of medical specialty hospitals. 

06LSO-0212.C1 Quality child care.

This bill would create a new program in the Department of Family Services to rate child care facilities for quality; to provide payments to facilities based on their quality rating, the percentage of at-risk children served by the facility and the size of the facility; and to provide professional development incentive payments to facilities to enhance staff training and education.  The bill would require facilities receiving payments to file specified monthly and annual reports with the department and to accept low-income children into the facility.  The bill appropriates $14,301,043 from the general fund to the department of family services and authorizes 12 additional positions.

06LSO-0213.C1 Drug court amendments.

This bill would expand the existing drug court program to also have authority over other social problems such as domestic violence and child abuse.  Programs would be required to select a name indicative of the problems address.  The bill appropriates $1,050,000 from the general fund to the department of health for the expanded programs.

06LSO-0261.C2 Health care information technology.

Directs the Department of Health to begin creating a statewide health information network for electronic medical records.  The Department would first select a vendor to choose the hardware "hub" that would contain patient data for access by health care provider "spokes."   The bill contains a number of appropriations for different aspects of the bill:  $20,094,440 from the general fund to the department of health; $946,471 from the general fund to the department of health; $37,000,000.00 from the general fund to the department of health; $40,000 from the general fund to the department of administration and information; $240,000 from the general fund to the department of health for three additional positions.

06LSO-0263.C3  Hospital improvement grants.

This bill would authorize the Department of Health to award grants of up to $250,000 to assist hospitals in qualifying for "Magnet Hospital" certification by the American Nurses Association.  The application and audit process takes several years and focuses on workplace quality for nurses and quality of patient care.  The bill would also authorize grants of up to $100,000 to critical access hospitals to improve working conditions and quality of patient care.  The bill appropriates $850,000 from the budget reserve account to the department of health for grants to hospitals and $9,800 from the general fund to the department of health for administration.

06LSO-0387.C1 Medical specialty centers.

This bill would impose a six-month moratorium on the licensing of designated hospitals and medical specialty centers pending a study by the Wyoming Health Care Commission of the impact of physician-owned specialty hospitals on existing hospitals and the quality of care.

06LSO-0388.C1 Child health insurance program amendments.

This bill would expand coverage of the Child Health Insurance Program, on a sliding fee scale, to the working parents of eligible children.   The bill appropriates $3,350,000 in federal funds and $1,650,000 from the general fund to the department of health for case service expenditures.  Also $335,000 in federal funds and $165,000 from the general fund are appropriated to and three full-time positions are authorized to the department of health


06LSO-350.W2  Board of education membership.  (This bill will be considered by the Committee at the January 30, 2006 meeting.)

This draft expands the state board of education voting membership to include the Wyoming state superintendent of public instruction.

06LSO-351.W1  Board of education-support staff.  (This bill will be considered by the Committee at the January 30, 2006 meeting.)

This draft authorizes an additional part-time position and an appropriation for purposes of providing research, analysis and other policy-related assistance to the Wyoming board of education.  The bill appropriates $100,000 from the general fund to the department of education.


SF 4 Public records-electronic mail.

This bill provides that "transitory electronic mail" may be destroyed by public employees after the mail has served its purpose.  The destruction is under the supervision of the official custodian of the record.  "Transitory electronic mail" is e-mail that constitutes a public record, but is an informal communication of temporary administrative information that has no enduring value and does not set office policies, establish guidelines or procedures, certify the transaction of public business or constitute a receipt.  Examples of transitory electronic mail include preliminary communications relating to the scheduling of meetings, routine office announcements and notices, telephone call-back messages and informal messages.

SF 5 Privileged communications.

This bill codifies the legislative privilege and specifies the extent of the privilege between legislators and staff.


HJR 3 – Investment of state funds-2.

This proposed constitutional amendment would authorize any funds of the state to be invested in stock under conditions prescribed by the legislature.  Currently the Constitution specifies that only public employee retirement and permanent funds of the state may be invested in stock.  (Worker's compensation funds may also be invested in stock under the Constitution as interpreted by the Attorney General).

06LSO-325.C1  Family college savings program.

This bill would allow the state treasurer the discretion to not continue to operate the family college savings program or to contract administration of the program to another entity.  The current program has a low number of participants and the bill would provide flexibility to combine the program with other state college savings programs.


HB 8 Select committee on developmental programs.

This bill would extend the assignment of the select committee to monitor previous recommendations and submit an additional report to the legislature and governor by October 1, 2006.  The bill appropriates $17,000 from the general fund for committee activities.

HB 12 Developmental preschool funding.

This bill requires that services to children with developmental disabilities through the Department of Health be pursuant to contract with the provider.  The bill also creates a funding formula for the payment of providers and requires that providers submit periodic reports documenting the services provided and the use of 'best practices' as prescribed by the Department.  The bill appropriates $12 Million from the general fund to the Department of Health.

HB 13 Special education funding.

The Department of Education currently receives funds under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  This bill would codify a formula for the distribution of those funds from the Department of Education to the Disabilities Determination Division of the Department of Health.


HB 73  School capital construction-district facility plans.

The proposal modifies the timing of the district five year facility planning process.  The district facility plans serve as the core for establishing state remediation of school district building needs in accordance with statewide facility standards.  The bill proposes to change this process from an annual submission and review to a biennial submission and review by July 1 of each odd-numbered year. This proposed modification coincides with the state budget cycle. As the state progresses under the current system, an annual review was felt to no longer be necessary.

06LSO 0174.C1  School capital construction-building condition assessments.

This bill modifies the building assessment process to occur every two years during alternate years to the facility planning process, in comparison to current law which requires review of each school building within the State every four years. The Commission is proposing this process be done in-house and is requesting two additional positions for this purpose within its budget.  Currently, the Commission contracts this function outside the agency.

This Select Committee also assists the School Facilities Commission with its budget request. The Commission is forwarding a budget request of $673 Million for projects contained within the approved five year district facility plans, but is requesting only $220 Million of the $673 Million in projects for funding during the 07-08 biennium. In addition, the Commission is requesting $134 Million for a project opportunities fund to flex dollars as may be needed to fund additional projects not included in the $220 Million funding request.  Add to this an additional $60 Million for inflation and $14 Million for 5% contingency/value engineering for the $220 Million in projects.  Finally, the 07-08 request includes an additional $68 Million for major maintenance and $1 Million for emergencies.


06LSO-336.C1 Omnibus water bill-planning.

The bill contains the annual authorization for Level I and Level II water development studies and provides appropriations therefor.  Included in this year's bill is the Platte River recovery implementation program and an appropriation for the University of Wyoming office of water programs.  Please see the bill for the numerous appropriations it contains.

06LSO-335.C1  Omnibus water bill-construction.

The bill contains the annual authorization for the Level III construction of water projects which have previously completed the Level I and Level II stages.  Included in this year's bill is the first appropriation from water development account III for dams and storage.  The bill also contains a new sponsor's inflation fund.  Please see the bill for the numerous appropriations it contains.


This task force, consisting of three senators and four representatives, was created by the Management Council.  It has not voted to propose any legislation as of the date of this compilation, but has the review of the following proposed legislation on its agenda for a January 27 meeting.

06LSO-243.L2  Emergency energy assistance trust fund.

This draft bill would create an energy assistance trust fund to be comprised of non-state funds and then a matching state contribution to the fund.  Earnings from the corpus would be deposited to an income account and funds within the income account would be available to provide a source of funds of "last resort" for persons with heating bills they cannot pay.  The bill contains a $10 Million dollar appropriation from the general fund to the holding account to be used as the state match.  The bill also contains a $50,000 appropriation to the department of family services for administration.

06LSO-317.L5  Home owner's tax credit-2.

This draft funds and modifies an existing state program providing a tax credit for home owners.  The eligibility criteria is changed from two levels of maximum home value ($3,900 and $5,850 of assessed value) to a single maximum, that being the median assessed value for homes in the county.  The amount of the credit is increased to $2,000 of assessed value times the mill levy, from the current two levels ($1,460 or $590 times the mill levy, depending on assessed value).  The bill appropriates $8 Million from the general fund.

06LSO-327.L3  Property tax assessment rate.

This draft bill would lower the assessment rate for property other than industrial property and minerals (i.e., the rate for commercial, residential and agricultural property) from 9.5% to 8.25%.  The draft contains an appropriation of approximately $89 million to hold local taxing entities harmless from the reduced revenues which would result.

06LSO-392.L1  Motor vehicle registration fees and sales taxes.

This draft would exempt one passenger car, pickup truck or motorcycle owned and operated by a resident 65 or over from all but $5 in annual motor vehicle registration fees.  It would also provide a one time sales tax exemption for the same type of vehicles for residents 65 and over.  The bill contains a $38 Million appropriation to hold local taxing entities harmless from the reduced revenues which would result.

06LSO-411.L1  Low income home energy assistance program.

This draft would establish in statute a state component of the currently state administered, primarily federally funded, low income energy assistance program.  The state component would be based upon the current state plan used to administer the program, with certain modifications put in statute by the draft.  The statute would require an increase in the weatherization component and an increase in eligibility, but a decrease in the maximum benefits as now allowed.  The draft provides a $3 Million appropriation from the general fund for the remainder of this biennium and the next.


06LSO-0224.C1  Funding for tribal entities.

(This bill will be considered by the Committee at the January 31, 2006 meeting)

This proposed constitutional amendment would authorize appropriations from the state to the business council of the Eastern Shoshone Indian Tribe, the business council of the Northern Arapaho Indian Tribe or the joint business council of the Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho Indian Tribes for the purpose of providing government services to the citizens of Wyoming who are also members of either tribe. 

06LSO-0354.W1  Saint Stephens funding.

(This bill will be considered by the Committee at the January 31, 2006 meeting)

This bill would provide additional funding for the Saint Stephens school.  The current draft contains an unspecified appropriation from the general fund.


SF 3  Advanced practice registered nurses in psychiatry.

This bill would establish an educational loan program for students seeking to specialize as advanced practice registered nurses in psychiatry, whether at the University of Wyoming (UW) or other out-of-state institutions. The bill provides an appropriation for an educational loan forgiveness program, or other repayment options upon completion of studies and requires a contract between the student and UW.  The appropriation is $425,000 from the general fund to the University of Wyoming.

SF 7  DFS contract for residential services-juveniles.

This bill would clarify that the Department of Family Services may contract with for-profit boards for the residential care of juveniles in the custody of the Department. 

SF 14  Mental health insurance parity.

This bill would mandate coverage for treatment of persons suffering from specified mental illnesses under health insurance policies issued in the state. 

SF 28 Wyoming state hospital psychiatrists-recruitment.

This bill would establish a program for recruitment of psychiatrists for the Wyoming State Hospital, with the assistance of the Office of Rural Health (ORH). The bill provides an appropriation for an educational loan forgiveness program to be administered by the ORH.  The appropriation is $3,255,000 from the general fund to the department of health.  Seven additional full-time positions are authorized to the department of health.

06LSO-0179.C1, Substance abuse insurance parity.

This bill would mandate coverage for treatment of persons suffering from substance abuse under health insurance policies issued in the state. The bill provides a definition of substance abuse for purposes of determining the extent of mandated coverage.

06LSO-0183.C1, Mental health and substance abuse appropriations.

This bill provides appropriations for various programs to enhance the mental health and substance abuse system of service delivery in the state, including: a study of the Wyoming State Hospital (WSH) facilities; establishing an ombudsman/liaison at the WSH; enhancing mental health and substance abuse community services; establishing a Medicaid waiver for children's mental health to avoid removal from the home; establishing bereavement counseling services for families of deceased emergency responders; establishing pilot projects to enhance regional services in the state; enhancing transportation of involuntary committees by the WSH; enhancing mental health consumers information services; increasing the availability of mental health professionals throughout the state; enhancing the mental health/substance abuse data infrastructure within the Department of Health; enhancing mental health crisis stabilization services in communities; requiring the University of Wyoming to submit a psychiatric residency rotation program plan; and, providing an appropriation to allow the Select Committee to continue its study of the mental health and substance abuse system of services in the state.  Please see the bill for the numerous appropriations it contains.


The Select School Finance Committee forwarded the 2005 Study on Recalibration of the Education Resource Block Grant Model, as required under 2005 Laws, Chapter 141, to the Joint Education Interim Committee.  Essential model design and components are established within this report, and were summarized in model spreadsheets and draft legislation forwarded to the Education Committee.

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