1/2 way through 2010 Wyoming Legislative session

By on February 23, 2010

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE OFFICE NEWS RELEASE

 

FOR RELEASE: Immediately

CONTACT: Wendy Madsen, Legislative Information Officer or Anthony Sara, Associate Legislative Information Officer TO REACH: (307) 777-7881

 

2010 BUDGET SESSION REACHES BILL CROSSOVER PERIOD

 

CHEYENNE – After convening just a few short weeks ago, the Wyoming Legislature has reached *halftime* of the 2010 Budget Session.

Tuesday marked crossover period for the body, meaning it was the last day for third reading in the house of origin.  Any legislation that did not successfully pass third reading in the primary house Tuesday will not go on for further consideration in the opposite chamber. 

 

At the start of the session on Feb. 8, a total of 224 bills were numbered for introduction.  With less than two weeks remaining in this year*s session, 149 bills remain active at the crossover period.  The Senate introduced 77 pieces of legislation and 62 of those bills have moved to the House for consideration.  The House introduced 137 bills and passed 87 bills on to the Senate for deliberation. 

 

Both the House and Senate have addressed a broad range of issues affecting Wyoming residents thus far, and now the second house will get a chance to make changes and pass or vote down those bills sent from the house of origin.  Although these bills have passed in their primary house, the legislation still must gain the approval of the second house and be sent to the Governor*s Office for consideration before becoming state law. 

 

Friday will be the last day for bills to be reported out of committee in the second house and Monday will mark the last day for Committee of the Whole on bills in the second house. March 2 is the last day for second reading on those bills and March 3 will be the last day for third reading on bills in the second house. Lawmakers hope to wrap up the 2010 Budget Session March 5.

 

In addition to the 149 bills currently being considered, legislators are crafting legislation for the State*s two-year budget. Both bodies received identical *mirror* copies of the budget bill Monday and will take up the third and final reading of the bill Thursday. During the week of March 1 the bodies will begin the process of reconciling the differences between the final House and Senate versions of the budget bill. It is anticipated that a joint conference committee will be appointed and meet the week of March 1 to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget bill. After each Chamber votes to concur on the conference committee*s action, the bill will be sent to the Governor for his consideration. 

 

With the 2010 Budget Session now at its halfway point, the Wyoming Legislature encourages the public to continue to actively participate in the legislative process.  For a complete list of all the bills that are still active and to track their progress as the session continues, please visit the Legislature*s Web site at http://legisweb.state.wy.us/. – End –

 

 

 

Anthony Sara

Associate Legislative Information Officer Legislative Services Office

213 State Capitol

Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002

Phone: (307) 777-7881

Fax: (307) 777-5466

 

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