Summary of Committee Sponsored Bills for the 2018 Budget Session

The following, except as specifically noted, have been approved for introduction by a Committee. Not all drafts are in final form. Nor have all been assigned a House Bill or Senate File number at this time. If a House or Senate designation appears without a number, the draft has been approved for introduction in that body, but a number has not yet been assigned. For those House Bills and Senate Files and for drafts still under consideration, the number referenced is the 2017 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 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.

SF0017-18LSO-0101 Cease and transfer priority list.
This bill establishes a prioritized list of projects and amounts for expenditure by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) under the Municipal Solid Waste Facilities Cease and Transfer Program. The bill allows DEQ to modify the prioritized list for specified reasons. The bill requires DEQ to report any modifications to the list to the Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee by October 15 of each year. The bill repeals the 2017 cease and transfer priority list.
SF0018-18LSO-0102 Orphan site remediation funding.
This bill provides funding mechanisms for orphan site remediation. It authorizes funds from the state water pollution control revolving loan account, the corrective action account (CAA) and a reclamation account to be used for orphan site remediation. The bill specifies minimum distributions that the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) must make from the CAA to the orphan site remediation account and the solid waste landfill remediation account in 2019 through 2029 and each year thereafter. The bill also allows the Director to withhold distributions under certain conditions.
SF0016-18LSO-0103 Financial assurance-class I and V UIC wells.
This bill adopts financial assurance requirements for class I hazardous and nonhazardous waste underground injection wells and class V coalbed methane underground injection facilities. The bill also specifies applicability of the requirements.
SF0015-18LSO-0176 Large project account modifications.
This bill sets standards for the imposition of interest on specified loans and loan participations made from the Large Project Account. It authorizes the State Treasurer to require a loan guarantee and to retain service providers for Large Project Account loans. The bill requires a borrower to pay specified costs related to the retention of experts and service providers. It also clarifies language regarding the State Treasurer's economic and fiscal analysis requirement for certain economic development projects.
SF0014-18LSO-0181 Biennial energy strategy.
This bill creates an Energy Strategy Committee within the Governor's Office. It requires the Committee to formulate an energy strategy and submit it biannually to the Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee. It also assigns duties to the Wyoming Business Council in regards to the development of the energy strategy.
HB0024-18LSO-0207 Investment of public funds-fixed interest bearing deposits.
This bill authorizes public funds to be invested under written contract in fixed interest-bearing deposits with approved public depositories in this state. The bill specifies required contractual provisions and provides that deposits may be withdrawn according to the contract's terms.
HB0025-18LSO-0234 Limited and small mines-amendments-2.
This bill allows limited mining operations to commence without the prior authorization of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) upon satisfying specified requirements. It provides application procedures and requirements for certain surface mining operations. It exempts exploration by dozing from special license requirements as long as the operator has the written consent of the landowner and has a reclamation plan that meets landowner requirements and is consistent with the objectives and purposes of the Environmental Quality Act (EQA). The bill requires the Director of DEQ to develop and seek the EPA's approval for (1) a single waiver for specified mining equipment operating as portable sources in sand, gravel or similar operations; and (2) a general permit for stationary sources of sand and gravel mines and quarries. The waivers must be developed by July 1, 2018. The bill also requires the Director to review DEQ's standards and permits for specified mining equipment operating as portable sources in sand and gravel and quarry operations to ensure they do not conflict with or duplicate local standards, and to achieve the minimum permitting requirements necessary to fulfill the objectives and purposes of the EQA.
SF0019-18LSO-0002 Uniformity in domestic violence law.
This bill would amend penalties for crimes related to domestic assault and battery to bring the penalties in line with penalties for other similar felonies. The bill would amend the definition of “violent felony” to include strangulation of a household member and to include a third or subsequent domestic battery. The bill would amend enhanced penalty provisions to include other crimes against household members as counting toward an enhanced penalty.
SF0020-18LSO-0010 Custody in the best interest of the children.
This bill would provide that, in determining custody of children after a divorce, a court cannot favor or disfavor any form of custody. This bill would apply to custody actions in divorce proceedings on or after July 1, 2018.
HB0008-18LSO-0027 Stalking revisions.
This bill would amend the elements of the crime of stalking and amend the definition of “harass” to include behavior that causes a reasonable person to fear for their safety, the safety of another, or for the destruction of their property, and which in fact causes such fear. The bill would also update the penalty for stalking to provide for a term of probation up to three years. The bill would provide for enhanced penalties in cases with prior stalking convictions and in cases where certain protection orders have been violated. This bill would clarify jurisdiction for prosecuting stalking crimes and modify notice provisions for orders of protection.
HB0042-18LSO-0028 Justice reform-graduated sanctions.
This bill would permit the Department of Corrections to establish and impose administrative sanctions as an alternative to revoking probation for a probationer who violates a probation condition. Authorized sanctions in lieu of probation revocation would include a 2-3 day confinement in jail and substance abuse treatment. The bill draft would also authorize the Department to establish a system of administrative rewards for positive behavior by probationers and parolees.
HB0017-18LSO-0029 Child support amendments.
This bill would amend the calculation of presumptive child support to provide a joint-presumptive-support calculation when each parent keeps the children overnight for more than 25% of the year and where both parents substantially contribute to child expenses. This bill would also repeal provisions regarding abatement of child support.
SF0021-18LSO-0030 Required reports in adoptions.
This bill would require a report of adoption to be filed with every petition to adopt a minor, and the clerk of court would be required to forward the report of adoption to the state registrar of vital records.
HB0016-18LSO-0031 Possession of marihuana products.
This bill would create offenses and penalties for possession of marihuana products, which the bill defines as a substance not in plant form and not intended for consumption by smoking. Marihuana products would include baked goods, candies, ointments, liquids, and edibles. The bill also would direct that the weight of a container is excluded when determining the weight of marihuana and marihuana products.
SF0022-18LSO-0032 Orders of protection-revisions.
This bill would amend penalties for stalking by providing enhanced penalties for defendants who commit stalking while violating a protection order issued under Title 35. The bill would also require courts to include notices in protection orders issued under Title 7 and Title 35 that violation of the order may subject the violator to enhanced penalties for stalking.
SF0023-18LSO-0033 Possession of nonplant form marihuana.
This bill provides penalties for possessing marihuana and tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) in non-plant form, including liquid form, resin form, and any other form not described in statute.
HB0012-18LSO-0034 Speeding fines amendments.
This bill would allow for the streamlining of bond and forfeiture schedules for speeding violations and would create three schedules: a general fine schedule, a schedule for speeding violations in school zones, and a schedule for violations in construction zones and residential areas. This bill would also reduce speeding fines by approximately 20%.
HB0026-18LSO-0047 Post-conviction relief.
This bill would authorize persons convicted of felonies to petition for exoneration based on newly discovered evidence of factual innocence. The bill sets forth requirements for an exoneration petition, including that the newly discovered evidence is not cumulative or previously known and demonstrates that the petitioner is factually innocent. The bill also provides for service of process, victim notification, and the appointment of counsel upon the filing of an exoneration petition.
SF0024-18LSO-0052 Court information technology equipment.
This bill would permit funds from the Judicial Systems Automation Account to be used for court information technology equipment. The bill also requires the Supreme Court to work with county commissioners if installing court technology equipment would require altering county buildings. The bill also requires the Supreme Court to install court information technology equipment using a phased approach, and requires counties to provide and maintain infrastructure necessary for the proper function of court information technology equipment.
HB0015-18LSO-0104 De Facto Custodian Act.
This bill would grant standing to non-parents to petition for the custody of children for whom they provided primary care and financial support for a specified time. The bill would require non-parents to show a lack of demonstrated consistent participation on the part of the child’s parents before the non-parent could seek custody, and the non-parent would have to establish that it is in the child’s best interests to grant custody to the non-parent.
SF0025-18LSO-0108 Corrections exception to defense of habitation law.
This bill would clarify that the presumption related to self-defense and the defense of others in a home or habitation does not apply to inmate housing in jails or state correctional institutions.
HB Not Numbered-18LSO-0011 Child custody.
This bill would revise Wyoming's domestic relations statutes to use the terms “parental responsibilities,” “legal decision making,” and “parenting time” to describe the custody, visitation, and other rights and obligations of parents. This bill would also require courts to not favor or disfavor any form of legal decision making or parenting time when determining parental responsibilities.
HB Not Numbered-18LSO-0035 Volunteer health care.
This bill would authorize the Department of Health to establish a volunteer healthcare program and enter into contracts with providers to provide healthcare services to low-income patients. The bill would provide that claims against medical facilities and individual providers who participate in the volunteer healthcare program would be subject to the requirements of the Wyoming Governmental Claims Act. Claims would be defended and indemnified as provided under the State Self-Insurance Program. The bill also authorizes licensing boards to award continuing education credit to providers who give volunteer healthcare services to low-income persons.
HB0027-18LSO-0087 Continuing teacher contracts for military spouses.
This bill would establish an accelerated pathway for a teacher to achieve continuing contract status when the teacher is a spouse of a full-time member of the United States armed forces or a surviving spouse of a deceased veteran.
HB0028-18LSO-0088 Education reporting-children of military personnel.
This bill would require the Wyoming Department of Education to track the academic performance of students, as a distinct subgroup, who have a parent or guardian who is a full-time member of the United States armed forces.
HB0029-18LSO-0089 Alternative school accountability.
The two-year alternative school accountability pilot project will end at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. This bill would codify the separate accountability system for alternative schools created under the pilot project. The bill would establish four indicators of school level performance for alternative schools: academic achievement and growth, readiness for college and careers, measures of school quality including climate, and measures of engagement including implementation of student success plans. The bill would require the State Board of Education to establish performance targets for the school level performance indicators and an appropriate statewide system of support for alternative schools. The State Board also would have to consult with the Technical Advisory Group, who conducts the alternative school accountability pilot project, when establishing the performance targets and the statewide system of support.
SF0028-18LSO-0219 School finance-health insurance-2.
Under existing law, school districts are funded for health insurance costs without consideration of how much they actually spend on health insurance. This bill would reduce funding to a school district in a given year by the difference between school district health insurance funding and school district health insurance expenditures from the prior year. The Department of Education would have rulemaking authority to determine what are allowable health insurance expenses.
HB0030-18LSO-0220 School finance amendments.
This bill would make assorted amendments to provisions relating to school finance. The bill would require the funding model’s average daily membership (ADM) decision to be based at the district level, not the school level, using the greater of the three year ADM average or prior year ADM for all schools. School districts would have to participate in Department of Workforce Services programs that reduce school district worker's compensation premiums. The bill would provide that the worker's compensation extra-hazardous employment designation only applies to special education assistants, teachers, and related service providers when the employee is working directly with special education students. School districts would be prohibited from entering into a lease for a school bus, though school districts would receive 100% reimbursement for a school bus purchase in the year following the purchase, rather than 20% reimbursement per year for five years, as provided under current law. Additionally, school districts could purchase a bus if the state or federal government would partially or fully fund the purchase under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act or other similar program. The bill would amend how school districts are resourced for groundskeeper positions. The bill would require the Department of Education to review statutes and rules relating to special education and transportation and recommend changes to increase fiscal efficiencies. Finally, the bill would require the Department of Education to establish special education staffing guidelines by January 1, 2019.
SF0029-18LSO-0221 Education-computer science and computational thinking.
This bill would amend the State’s educational program by adding computer science to the common core of knowledge and computational thinking to the common core of skills. The State Board of Education would be required to adopt computer science content and performance standards by January 1, 2020. The bill would allow computer science courses to satisfy certain requirements for high school graduation and Hathaway Scholarship eligibility.
SF0044-18LSO-0195 Fire protection revolving account.
This bill would require the state forester to deposit payments received for billable fire expenses into the fire protection revolving account. The bill also authorizes expenditures from the account for costs related to fire protection activities and services and defines billable fire expenses to include any payment received from a federal, state, or local entity for fire-protection services.
HB0005-18LSO-0042 Sale of wildlife information-prohibition.
This bill would prohibit a person from advertising or providing to a hunter for remuneration the location and identification information of any previously scouted big or trophy game animal for the purpose of aiding the hunter in the taking of that animal. A person in violation of this action would be guilty of a high misdemeanor.
SF0003-18LSO-0048 Antelope hunt licenses.
This bill would authorize the Game and Fish Commission to issue additional antelope licenses each year to support one additional antelope hunt per year. The bill provides a restriction that, should the number of licenses in any hunt area need to be reduced due to resource management, licenses issued above the established quota for that hunt area shall be reduced first.
HB0006-18LSO-0049 Research and wildlife information-confidentiality.
This bill relates to the Public Records Act. The bill would authorize record custodians to deny inspection of the following records: (1) specific details of bona fide research projects being conducted by an agency or any person; and (2) sensitive wildlife location data in the custody of the Game and Fish Department which could be used to determine the specific location of an individual animal or group of animals.
HB0020-18LSO-0164 Game and fish agreements with federal agencies.
This bill concerns certain memoranda of understanding and cooperative agreements entered into or extended by the Game and Fish Commission or Game and Fish Department and federal agencies. The bill requires each of these agreements to be forwarded to the Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Interim Committee for review and recommendation and requires that each agreement specify that it is subject to approval and cancellation by the Legislature. The bill requires that the Game and Fish Department report to the Committee every three years on the status and operation of any existing agreements subject to these requirements.
SF0005-18LSO-0184 Medicine Lodge state archaeological site.
This bill would authorize the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources to take over management of three adjacent parcels of state land and include them as part of the Medicine Lodge state archaeological site.
HB0021-18LSO-0185 State parks designations-updates.
This bill would update designations of state historic sites, including the addition of the LX Bar Ranch, Camp Douglas, and Quebec 1 facilities. The bill also would reorganize the Oregon Trail State Historic Site to include the Trail Ruts and Register Cliff and would remove the Lander Cemetery as a state historic site.
HB0022-18LSO-0186 Quebec 1 missile alert facility-fees.
This bill would authorize the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources to charge an admissions fee in excess of the amount currently authorized in order to fund maintenance, operations, and personnel at the Quebec 1 missile alert facility.
SF0004-18LSO-0206 Regulation of bingo and pull tab games.
This bill would allow the governing body of a county, city or town to authorize, by ordinance, the conduct of bingo games and pull tab game events within the boundaries of the governing body's jurisdiction, subject to certain requirements. The bill would prohibit a person from conducting any bingo game or pull tab game event within the boundaries of a governing body's jurisdiction without first obtaining a permit, if required by that governing body.
SF0007-18LSO-0038 Insurance-corporate governance annual disclosure.
This bill requires specified insurers to submit an annual report on their internal rules, practices and other related corporate governance matters, based on model regulations adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
SF0008-18LSO-0041 Insurance-audited annual financial reports.
This bill requires an insurer to establish an internal audit function which provides oversight regarding the insurer's governance, risk management, and internal controls, based on model regulations adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
SF0009-18LSO-0043 Insurance code revisions.
This bill makes a number of revisions to the Wyoming Insurance Code. This legislation removes restrictions relating to the operation of out-of-state insurers in Wyoming and modifies the examination requirement for a certificate of authority. This bill also mandates that a service contract provider annually verify specified legal requirements. In addition, this bill repeals certain language relating to stock insurers and repeals the operating authority of farm mutual insurers.
HB0014-18LSO-0054 Municipal jurisdiction.
This bill would restrict a municipality's authority to exercise jurisdiction over an area beyond its corporate boundaries unless specified conditions are met by the municipality and the applicable board of county commissioners. The bill also modifies a municipality's authority within one-half mile of its corporate boundaries for all matters except taxation, within its area of operation for urban renewal projects, and within one mile of its boundaries for approval of plats.
SF0012-18LSO-0073 Public service commission-member qualifications.
This bill would adopt qualifications for members of the Public Service Commission (PSC). Pursuant to the bill, at least one member would be required to have a professional license or degree from an accredited college or university in a specified field and have at least five years of professional experience in a field substantially related to the duties and functions of the PSC. No member would be allowed to possess a direct financial interest in any public utility regulated by the PSC.
SF0038-18LSO-0074 Service contracts-automatic renewal provisions.
This bill would prohibit a service contract from containing an automatic renewal provision that causes the contract to be enforceable for more than six months, unless the seller provides written notice to the consumer. The bill would require that a service contract containing an automatic renewal exceeding twelve months display the provision on the first page of the contract. If a seller did not comply with these requirements, the automatic renewal provision would be void and the service contract would automatically renew on a month-to-month basis and be subject to cancellation at any time by the consumer.
HB0038-18LSO-0110 Election offenses and penalties.
This bill would require the county sheriff to investigate voter registration offenses or acts of false voting at the request of a county clerk and to refer any matter that has merit to the district attorney for prosecution. The bill also amends penalties to provide that a person who commits a registration offense or an act of false voting shall be subject to a misdemeanor, high misdemeanor or felony, depending on the person's intent and number of offenses.
HB0023-18LSO-0120 Audit requirements for conservation districts.
This bill provides that a conservation district is not required to conduct an annual financial audit and specifies that a conservation district must, instead, comply with the financial reporting requirements applicable to small cities and towns.
HB0040-18LSO-0183 Election Code revisions.
This bill would define candidates subject to the Wyoming Election Code, amend requirements for nomination petition signatures, provide procedures for write-in candidates to decline election to public office, clarify qualifications to hold a vacant public office, and reduce the distance from a polling place in which electioneering is prohibited. The bill also repeals provisions related to write-in candidates and a prohibition against payments to referendum circulators.
SF0010-18LSO-0208 Utilities-rate making.
This bill would provide direction to the Public Services Commission for considering rates for qualifying facilities under the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act in order to avoid tying rates to the utility's cost of purchasing power from a qualifying facility. The bill would also define “qualifying facility” as electrical facilities that meet federal qualification standards, and “avoided cost” in a specific context for distribution cooperatives.
SF0011-18LSO-0209 Public utility regulation-joint powers entities.
This bill would amend the definition of “public utility” in Title 37 to exclude from regulation by the Public Service Commission utilities that are owned and operated by joint powers entities. For a joint powers entity-owned or operated utility to be exempt from PSC regulation, it would need to be authorized by law to provide utility services, and the joint powers entity would have to be formed pursuant to the Joint Powers Act.
HB0013-18LSO-0229 Municipal extraterritorial jurisdiction-repeal.
This bill would repeal a municipality's authority to exercise jurisdiction within one-half mile of its boundaries for all matters except taxation, within five miles of its boundaries for urban renewal projects, and within one mile of its boundaries for approval of plats. The bill modifies notice requirements to landowners outside a municipality's boundaries.
HB Not Numbered-18LSO-0174 Election law violations-penalties and enforcement.
This bill would modify requirements and penalties related to the filing of campaign reports. The bill authorizes penalties and provides for the collection of delinquent civil penalties, interest, and other costs for failing to file campaign reports. The bill also modifies enforcement provisions for violations of the Election Code. With some exceptions, code violation complaints by statewide or legislative candidates, committees or organizations would be filed with the Secretary of State and referred to the Attorney General for investigation and prosecution. Violation complaints by county or municipal candidates, committees or organizations would be filed with the county clerk and referred to the district attorney for investigation and prosecution.
HB Not Numbered-18LSO-0182 Campaign finance revisions.
This bill makes a number of revisions to the Wyoming Election Code. This legislation requires the reporting of specified contributions and expenditures relating to electioneering communications. This bill clarifies that only a candidate who participates in a primary election is prohibited from fundraising for a general election before the primary election is held. This legislation also specifies required language for campaign advertising disclosures and modifies campaign finance reporting requirements, including by raising the filing threshold for detailed contribution reporting from $25.00 to $100.00.
HB0034-18LSO-0134 Duplicate titles-motor vehicles.
This bill would remove the eleven day waiting period and bond requirement for individuals applying for duplicate titles for motor vehicles and motor homes.
HB0035-18LSO-0159 Motor club services updates.
This bill would update definitions for motor club services and would amend requirements for motor club membership cards or certificates to include proof of membership. The bill would repeal requirements and procedures for motor club agent licenses.
HJ0002-18LSO-0201 Commercial driver's license-compact agreement.
This resolution would request Congress to enact legislation that authorizes western states to enter into a compact that would allow 18-21 year-old commercial drivers to operate a commercial vehicle in a consenting, contiguous state.
HB0036-18LSO-0273 Move over requirement.
This bill would require drivers to either move over or slow down when approaching a parked or slow-moving municipal, public utility, highway construction or maintenance vehicle. Drivers on roads with two lanes or more going in the same direction would be required to move over at least one moving lane from the vehicle and drivers on two lane roads with posted speed limits of 45 miles per hour or greater would have to slow down by at least 20 miles per hour. This bill would also update requirements for passing emergency vehicles to conform with the above-listed requirements.
SF0037-18LSO-0274 Purple Heart Day and state.
This bill would establish August 7 of each year as Purple Heart Day and would establish Wyoming as a purple heart state, in recognition of Wyoming veterans who have received the Purple Heart after being wounded or killed in combat. The bill would direct the Wyoming Veterans’ Commission to work with military and veterans’ organizations around the state and Wyoming communities to celebrate Purple Heart Day each year.
HB0037-18LSO-0278 Yellowstone license plates.
This bill would authorize the Wyoming Department of Transportation to create Yellowstone National Park license plates and would permit vehicle owners to obtain those plates after paying an additional fee. The fees generated from the plates would go to a separate account dedicated to rest area construction and maintenance. The bill also would permit the Department to withhold the first 100 numbered plates for special sale to raise additional funds for the rest area account.
SF0006-18LSO-0021 Real estate exemption restoration.
This bill exempts licensed real estate brokers and salespersons from workers' compensation and unemployment insurance coverage.
HB0009-18LSO-0187 Obsolete reporting-department of workforce services.
This bill repeals obsolete Department of Workforce Services reporting requirements relating to workers' compensation contributions.
HB0049-18LSO-0254 Unemployment compensation exemption-seasonal employment.
This bill provides that an employer may request an exemption from unemployment compensation coverage, and the related payments for coverage, for specified seasonal positions. This legislation requires notification of the exemption to employees and imposes penalties and retroactive liability on an employer for failure to comply with requirements relating to the exemption.
SF0041-18LSO-0302 Organ donation promotion-task force.
This bill establishes a task force to consider issues relating to the improvement of organ donation outreach and education and the current system used to facilitate organ donation.
HB0032-18LSO-0091 School finance-major maintenance formula.
This bill would modify the state's major maintenance formula and payment structure for K-12 school facilities. Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, a multiplier within the formula would increase, consequently increasing major maintenance funding for school districts. A provision of the formula phasing in the gross square footage of new buildings over seven years would be repealed. Yearly payments by the State Construction Department would be made in two tranches, (1) on July 1 and (2) on or before September 30. Additionally, if sufficient funds were not available to make major maintenance payments, the Department could uniformly reduce payments to school districts. However, deficient or excessive payments would have to be rectified in the future by the Department. The bill would modify the date a cost replacement value is determined in the major maintenance formula. The bill would also amend the definition of major maintenance to allow school districts to alter the use of school facilities using major maintenance dollars. The bill would create three categories of major maintenance: code compliance, site improvements, and system improvements. Finally, the bill would codify the Department's practice of rating school building and facilities components on a scale and would require school districts in school facility plans to prioritize non-construction alternatives to the extent practical. The bill contains a one million dollar appropriation to the State Construction Department from the School Capital Construction Account.
HB0033-18LSO-0092 School finance-capital construction amendments.
This bill would make assorted amendments to statutes governing school capital construction. It would repeal inapplicable provisions within the K-12 school major maintenance formula, clarify that the square footage of school buildings used for child care, developmental preschool, and cooperative education programs is included in certain portions of the major maintenance formula, require the approval of the School Facilities Commission for school districts to use alternate design and construction methods, require the approval of the School Facilities Commission for school districts to dispose of buildings and land, and ensure consistent usage of the term "school buildings and facilities."