Hello Sublette County, this is Albert Sommers
reporting to you from Cheyenne. The
House considered six bills on second reading.
Bills of note included:
HB06 – Underage marriage, exceptions
repeal. I amended this bill to allow marriage
under the age of 18, if a judge approves the
marriage and there is parental consent.
HB84 – Wage equality, state employees
Nine bills were considered in the House on
third reading. Eight bills will be delivered to
the Senate for consideration, including HB22
Teacher Accountability; I supported this bill.
HB24– National Board Teacher Certification;
In the end I did not support this bill, because
it had been changed too much. HB220 passed
Committee of the Whole today in the House.
This bill would tax large retail stores and
large hotels/resorts that have more than 100
shareholders. Currently, big box stores, like
Walmart, don’t pay a corporate tax in Wyoming,
but do pay taxes in their home state on
earnings generated in Wyoming. If they pay
the tax in Wyoming, then that portion will be
exempted in their own state. This is an attempt
to capture some revenue from these large national
I had the opportunity, as Speaker Pro
Tempore, to chair the House session today as
Speaker Harshman joined the Governor and
Senate President Perkins representing Wyoming
in meetings with companies looking to
relocate to Wyoming.
Today, the House considered four bills on
second reading. Those bills are: HB32 – Environmental
Quality Council, amendments;
HB159 – Volunteer reserve officers, liability
coverage; HB220 – National Retail Fairness
Six bills were considered in the House on
third reading. Five bills will be delivered to
the Senate for consideration, including these
bills I supported: HB82 – Veterans’ skilled
nursing facility, which will build a new veteran’s
skilled nursing facility in Wyoming.
Currently, Wyoming is the only state in the
nation without a veteran’s skilled nursing facility.
The big debate is whether the facility
should be in Buffalo or Casper.
HB84 – Wage equality – state employees
and programs, and HJ02– Funding sewage
One bill, HB06 – Underage marriage, exceptions
repeal, failed on a vote of 26-31-3.
The Committee of the Whole discussed and
passed several bills including HB14 – Mountain
Daylight Time. HB 14 would keep Wyoming
on Mountain Daylight time throughout
the year, once three surrounding states do the
same. I supported this bill.
HB99 – Wyoming Public Lands Day, a bill
that I have cosponsored, instructs the governor
to proclaim a Wyoming Public Lands Day annually
“in recognition of the value of public
lands to the state's economy, open spaces,
wildlife and recreational opportunities.”
Two bills, HB0128 – Senior property tax
exemptions and HB0146 – Local government
publication requirements, failed the Committee
of the Whole. There are some constitutionality
questions surrounding HB 128.
All bills can be viewed at https://www.
I can be reached at [email protected]
com with questions or concerns. Thank you.