How To Participate During The Legislative Session

Useful Resources

Citizen Guide to the Legislature

Jonah Business Center Map

Guidelines for Attending Legislative Meetings

Attending committee meetings to voice your opinion on issues before the Legislature is a great way to participate in the process. If you have any questions about these guidelines, please contact the committee staff.

When you arrive at the committee meeting room, please sign the official meeting Attendance Sheet indicating your attendance at the committee meeting. You can keep track of the committee’s schedule by reading the notices on the committee room door, by following the daily calendar available outside the Senate Lobby, the House Lobby, or LSO Main Office in Suite 120, or by checking the Committee Meeting Schedule on the Wyoming Legislature’s Web site from the link below.



If you would like to provide written information to the committee and you would like your handout to be part of the official committee record, please fill out the Committee Handout Form when you arrive at the meeting room and give the form and a copy of your handout (including an electronic copy, if available) to the committee staff. Please bring enough copies of your information for the committee, the committee staff, and interested members of the audience. You can also e-mail an electronic copy to: legdocs@wyoleg.gov. Please include the committee name, meeting date, document author, document provider, and agenda item in the body of the e-mail or include an electronic copy of this form along with your submission. Electronic copies of the form can be downloaded in either Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word from the links on the bottom of this page.



Individuals who wish to address the committee will be recognized and called on by the Chairman to speak. After the Chairman has recognized you, please stand and address the Chairman (i.e. "Mr. Chairman"). Then, clearly state your name and the name of the organization you represent prior to addressing the committee. All comments, questions, and responses must flow through the Chairman by addressing the Chairman each time you wish to speak. This procedure ensures an orderly flow of discussion during the committee meeting.



Committee Meeting Schedules

Committee Handout Form (Microsoft Word)

Committee Handout Form (Adobe Acrobat)

E-Mail Handouts

Group Visits to the Jonah Business Center during the Legislative Session

Location

The Jonah Business Center is the temporary home of the Wyoming Legislature while the Capitol is closed during the Capitol Square Project. The building is located at:

3001 East Pershing Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY 82001

Legislative Session Hours

The Legislature’s schedule can vary greatly from day-to-day. Generally, a typical legislative day consists of the following:

  • 6:30 a.m.: Jonah Business Center Opens to the Public
  • 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: Legislative Committee Meetings
  • 10:00 a.m.-Noon: House and Senate Convene in the Chambers
  • Noon-2:00 p.m.: Noon Recess, Legislative Committee Meetings
  • 2:00 p.m.: House and Senate Convene in the Chambers
  • Upon Adjournment: Legislative Committee Meetings

Please Note: Generally the first and last weeks of the legislative session are not recommended for viewing the legislative proceedings. It is important to check the House and Senate Daily Floor and Committee calendars for specific meeting times and locations when planning your visit. These calendars are available the afternoon or evening before the next legislative day.

Public Parking

Parking is available in the east parking lot in front of the Jonah Business Center. The parking lot can be accessed via Pershing Boulevard to the north or Omaha Road to the south. All parking is first-come, first-served and no parking permits are required. School buses may also drop students off near the front entrance in the east parking lot.

Scheduling your Visit

When coming to the Jonah Business Center to observe the legislative session with a large group (generally 10 people or more), please schedule your visit in advance by emailing Legislative Information Officers Anthony Sara: Anthony.Sara@wyoleg.gov or Riana Davidson: Riana.Davidson@wyoleg.gov. Seating is first-come, first-served in the galleries. Each gallery seats 100 individuals. If possible, please split the group in half between the House and Senate Chamber, rotating each group halfway through your visit. For teachers who are planning to bring school groups, please ensure enough chaperones are present to accommodate both groups.

Gathering Spaces

There are no large gathering spaces available at the Jonah Business Center for groups to eat lunch or to convene a meeting. For alternative locations available in state-owned buildings during your visit, please contact Jamie Fraizer-Olson, Department of Administration: (307) 777-7768 or jamie.frazier-olson@wyo.gov

Wireless Internet Access

Wireless internet is available throughout the building using the network "Capitol Wireless," no passcode required.

Wyoming Legislator’s Back to School Program

If you are a teacher and are unable to attend the legislative session or would like a legislator to visit your classroom during the interim, the Wyoming's Legislators Back to School Program provides a great alternative to traveling to Cheyenne. The program is designed to teach young people the nation's future voters and leaders – what it's like to be a state legislator: the processes, the pressures, the debate, the negotiation and the compromise, the fabric of representative democracy. For more information, visit: http://legisweb.state.wy.us/BacktoSchoolProgram/faq.aspx

Capitol Complex Tours

Wyoming State Museum

While the Wyoming Capitol is closed for restoration and rehabilitation, the State Museum has set up a Capitol Classroom Exhibit. Please schedule your visit to the State Museum with Nathan Doerr, Wyoming State Museum: (307) 777-7021 or visit: http://wyospcr.state.wy.us/CapitolComplex/scheduleVisit.html

Wyoming Supreme Court

Please schedule your visit with Matt Swift, State Law Librarian: (307) 777-7187 or http://www.courts.state.wy.us/Outreach

Historic Governor's Mansion

Please schedule your visit with Christina Bird: (307) 777-7878 or christina.bird@wyo.gov