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Committee revives controversial gun bill in surprise vote
WyoFile, Nick ReynoldsMay 26, 2021

The Joint Agriculture Committee Tuesday revived a controversial gun rights bill on a split-second, unannounced vote moments before the committee adjourned in a move lambasted by critics for its lack of transparency.

The bill, last session’s Senate File 81 – Second Amendment Preservation Act, would prevent agents of the state from enforcing any federal law or regulation that restricts a citizen’s right to carry firearms. A heavily amended version of the legislation passed the Senate by an overwhelming margin in March, but died without a hearing in the House when it failed to meet a key procedural deadline.

Tuesday’s measure passed on a 7-4 vote.

The Wyoming Legislature entered the 2021 legislative session with a lofty agenda to cut education spending, stall revenue declines and guide a Wyoming economy battered by COVID-19 to a sustainable future.

But in one of the longest legislative sessions in history, lawmakers accomplished few of those goals. While ratifying significant cuts to government previously proposed by Gov. Mark Gordon, they killed numerous proposals to raise revenues to offset those cuts. And with education funding a top priority, an education funding reform bill died on the negotiating table on the session’s final day, prompting Gordon to announce he will take an active role in future discussions.

Gordon was also prompted to intervene, he said, by the continued decline of fossil fuel-based tax revenues and what he described as “uncertainty” the Biden administration has created for states like Wyoming that depend heavily on fossil fuels.

Wyoming GOP censures Liz Cheney for vote to impeach Trump
Politico, Ben LeonardFebruary 6, 2021

Cheney defended her vote in a statement after the state party censure.

The Wyoming Republican Party on Saturday voted to censure Rep. Liz Cheney for her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, the latest blowback the member of House leadership has faced from within her own party.

Just eight of 74 members of the Wyoming central committee opposed the censure move, which didn’t go to a formal vote. Cheney did not attend the meeting in her home state. A censure document accused Cheney of moving to impeach Trump without “due process.”

The move to censure Cheney came after House Republicans on Wednesday voted, 145-61, for her to keep her position as conference chair amid the intra-party backlash.
 

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