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  • UW President Seidel decides to close ODEI

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 16, 2024

    CHEYENNE — University of Wyoming President Ed Seidel recommended closing the university’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on Friday, following a decision by the state Legislature to defund the office effective July 1. Duties and personnel from the ODEI will be reassigned to other university entities, Seidel said, with the assistance of a new vice provost position in the Office of the Provost. UW spokesman Chad Baldwin told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle the university doesn’t “anticipate any layoffs, but the ODEI staff positions have been...

  • Gordon refuses to sign new voter registration rules

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 18, 2024

    CHEYENNE — Gov. Mark Gordon has decided the new voter registration rules proposed by Secretary of State Chuck Gray exceed his statutory authority. Gordon sided with the Wyoming Legislature’s Management Council — made up of legislative leadership from both chambers — in its disapproval of the new rules, which would have required people to provide proof of residency, not just identity, when registering to vote. Gray has said on multiple occasions, including an op-ed submitted to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle this week that Wyoming elections needed...

  • State lawmakers debate whether climate hearing is a legislative event

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 8, 2024

    CHEYENNE — Sen. Cheri Steinmetz, R-Lingle, announced on Tuesday that a public hearing on Feb. 13 would be an official meeting of the Legislature, but legislative leaders clarified they were never notified of the hearing. Steinmetz said in Tuesday’s news release that the Legislature’s Joint Agriculture State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee would hold an “Oversight Hearing...on the Environmental Impact of ‘Net-Zero’ and ‘Carbon Negative’ Policies,” as well as the Annual Forest Health Briefing on Feb. 13 upon adjournment. Howe...

  • Casper lawmaker sponsors bill that would prohibit CDC, WHO regulation in Wyoming

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 8, 2024

    CHEYENNE — Members of the Wyoming Freedom Caucus signed onto a House bill that would prohibit the Centers for Disease and Control and the World Health Organization from having any jurisdiction in Wyoming. House Bill 91 was received for introduction on Thursday, sponsored by Rep. Jeanette Ward, R-Casper, and co-sponsored by 14 other Republican lawmakers, ten in the House and four in the Senate. Ward said this version of the bill is similar to a previous House bill she introduced in the 2023 general session, HB 143, which failed to pass on t...

  • State Health Dept. seeks funds for long-term care, mental health

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 28, 2023

    CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Department of Health is seeking $121 million in additional state funding on top of its $2.1 billion budget request for the 2025-26 biennium, but officials are willing to settle for the governor’s recommendation of $101 million. Despite the $20 million difference, Director Stefan Johansson said the Health Department worked closely with Gordon on his $101 million recommendation. The director clarified the differences in request were not due to different opinions on spending. “We worked with the governor and his staff quite...

  • Lawmakers work to increase WYDOT revenue in face of $400M shortfall

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 9, 2023

    CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Department of Transportation faces a shortfall in revenue of around $400 million each year, and the state is digging through the couch to find ways to increase revenue with minimal consequences for commercial and residential drivers. The combination of commercial drivers, cross-country travelers and extreme weather conditions means constant upkeep for Wyoming’s interstate highways. WYDOT is responsible for administering and distributing gasoline, diesel and alternative fuel taxes in the state, with a significant por...

  • Bills would add voter requirements, expand campaign donor reporting

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 2, 2023

    CHEYENNE — Will potential voters be required to live in Wyoming for at least 30 days in order to vote? Do people need to register as a PAC if they spend more than $1000 in an election? After some heavy deliberation Thursday, members of the Legislature’s Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee advanced bill drafts that could create significant changes to existing Wyoming election laws. 30-day residency requirement Legislators forwarded a bill to next year’s budget session that, as written, would add a 30-day resid...

  • Legislators revise bill increasing diesel fuel tax, debate tax of EVs

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 7, 2023

    CHEYENNE — Wyoming legislators laid back a bill draft that would increase diesel fuel tax due to concerns over interstate commerce conflict and whether the increase was substantial enough to generate a sufficient amount of revenue for the state. During the first day of a two-day meeting in Casper, legislators on the Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee also voted 13-1 to sponsor an electric vehicle tax bill, which would create a $200 annual fee for EV owners and a $100 annual fee for plug-in hybrid vehicle owners. If a...