Legislative Roundup: Silencers shot down
JACKSON HOLE, WYO –
Silencers shot down in committee
Members of the House Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee refused to endorse legislation that would make the use of suppressors and silencers legal for hunters in the state of Wyoming. Committee members voted 6 to 3 on Friday to defeat the bill, citing fears that suppressed gunshots would aid and encourage poaching.
“I have a perennial poacher in my neighborhood, and he can’t wait to get his hands on one,” Marti Halverson told a reporter from the Casper Star-Tribune.
Worried that a total of 367 filed bills won’t occupy their maximum 40 days in session, some lawmakers are pushing for an official, state-recognized mythical creature. House Bill 149 would elevate the jackalope from roadside tourist attraction to a law called the David Richard Edwards Memorial Act.
Edwards, a longtime Douglas councilman and Converse County commissioner, passed away over the weekend. He proposed the original jackalope bill in 2005. It passed the House 45 to 12 but never made it to a Senate vote for time constraints. Some legislators view the bill as a time-waster, but given Edwards passing, it may breeze through.
Radioactive dump moves on
A bill to permit construction of temporary, high-level radioactive waste storage facilities in Wyoming was moved on by the Senate Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee on Friday. The storage facilities would only be used to store waste generated by in-state nuclear power plants. No such plants currently exist, nor are there any plans to build one as far as any Senate committee members knew.
CNG breezes through Senate
A bill that would grant low-interest loans for the construction or retrofitting of compressed natural gas filling stations made it out of committee on Friday on the way to a Senate floor vote. The Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee passed the file that would grant loans of up to $1 million to state or private entities wishing to construct CNG filling stations.
The committee amended the legislation to remove interest-free payments for the first two years of the loan.
Rep. Ruth Ann Petroff has been a big supporter of incentivizing CNG supply and demand.