Wyoming Senate Passes Bill to Limit Health Orders
The Wyoming Senate passed a bill on Friday that would impose time limits on public health orders in Wyoming.
The house has already passed HB 127, but since the Senate has made changes to the bill, it will now return to the House for approval.
If the House votes in favor of the Senate version of the bill, it will move to Governor Mark Gordon.
If not, the two bodies will appoint a conference committee to try to come up with a version that the two can agree on. The House-approved version of the bill would limit local or state public health orders to no more than ten days, unless extended. But the House bill would allow the governor to extend orders statewide, while the Senate amended the bill to give the option to extend health orders to the legislature rather than to the legislature. ‘to the governor.
Although the Senate amended the bill to give this power to the legislature, support for the idea was not unanimous. One of the senior officials of the Senate, Senator Charles Scott [R-Natrona County] wonders if having to bring the legislature into session to deal with a public health order is a good idea.
Even so, the modified version of HB 127 easily passed the Senate on Friday. Here is how senators voted on the bill at third and final reading:
Yes: ANDERSON, BITEMAN, BOUCHARD, COOPER, DOCKSTADER, DRISKILL, ELLIS, FRANÇAIS, FURPHY, HICKS, HUTCHINGS, JAMES, KINSKEY, KOLB, MCKEOWN, SALAZAR, SCHULER, STEINMETZ, WASSERBURGER
No: BALDWIN, CASE, GIERAU, KOST, LANDEN, NETHERCOTT, PAPPAS, PERKINS, ROTHFUSS, SCOTT
The legislature takes a recess on Monday for Easter, then is expected to meet again on Tuesday and Wednesday. A special session of the legislature is expected to be called later this year, but it has yet to be officially announced.