2018 WRA LEGISLATIVE STATUS REPORT (#4)
March 5, 2018

Week 3 at the legislature saw several more key deadlines for bills as they continued to move forward.  Monday, March 5 is the deadline for bills to advance out of committee in their 2nd house, in the house anyway.  The senate elected to suspend rules and extend the deadline for bills to come out of committee in their second house until Tuesday, March 6. Other key deadlines are listed below.  Any bills not making these deadlines will not advance.  The 2018 budget session is scheduled to finish up this Saturday, March 10.  The legislature does have 3 days left over from last year’s general session and there have been rumblings of the session going through next Wednesday, March 14.  We will see how things go this week when the conference committee comprised of 5 house members and 5 senate members meet to reconcile differences in the house and senate budget bills.

A list of all bills considered and their current status (including amendments) can be found here

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/billreference/BillReference.aspx?type=ALL

Key deadlines and dates for this week

Monday, March 5 is the last day for bills to be reported out of committee in the second house.

Tuesday, March 6 is the last day for Committee of the Whole in the second house.

Thursday, March 8 is the last day for third reading in the second house.

This week a conference committee consisting of 5 members of each chamber will continue to meet and negotiate the significant differences between the two chamber’s versions of the budget. The budget bill can be seen here
http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0001.pdf

Proposed house budget amendments and their status can be seen here http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/BillReference/AmendmentList.aspx?BillNo=HB0001

Proposed senate budget amendments and their status can been found here http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/BillReference/AmendmentList.aspx?BillNo=SF0001

As a number of bills that could impact the retail industry across Wyoming have been working through the process towards becoming law. Your association has been very closely monitoring these and we are engaging as necessary.

The following list is comprised of the bills currently listed, related to the retail industry in Wyoming. This list will be updated weekly.  Please watch for the WRA legislative update every Monday for additions and up to date information on our legislative priorities and please keep a close eye out for any “Calls to Action” as needed.

To listen live to the action happening at the 2018 legislature please click here http://wyoleg.gov/lsoweb/AudioStream.aspx

 

Wyoming Office of Tourism Biennium Budget

The Joint Appropriations Committee is recommending the Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT) biennium budget at approximately $12.5 million per year or $25 million for the biennium. The committee upheld cuts that the Governor requested the WOT to make earlier in the year of about $200,000. Additionally the committee earmarked approximately $200,000 to promote southwest Wyoming. Wyoming currently ranks 31st in the nation for tourism funding.

Status- The Joint Appropriations Committee cut $2.2 million out of the tourism budget at the start of the session. The senate amended the $2.2 million back in on a second reading amendment with a 20-10 vote. In the house the mirror second reading amendment failed on a 30-29 vote. A third reading amendment to restore $2 million was brought forward on 3rd reading and it passed the house 36-24. A conference committee will meet this week to work out the difference between the senate and house versions.

  

Bills that we are supporting

SF 52- Workers Comp Rate Discount- from 10% to 15% for complying with substance testing and safety programs http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/SF0052.pdf

Status- Passed the senate and will be introduced this week in the house. Awaiting hearing in House Revenue Committee.

SF-75 Biological Products-Pharmacies

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/SF0075.pdf

Cleans up language in the Wyoming Pharmacy Act related to biosimilars.

Status- Passed the senate and passed house labor committee. Will be heard on the house floor this week.

  

Bills we are opposing

HB 55- Property Offenses.  Reduces misdemeanor and felony offenses for shoplifting and damage against property by significantly increasing the dollar thresholds tied to each crime.

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0055.pdf

Status- Passed the house and introduced in the senate. Awaiting hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee.

 

Bills that we are monitoring

(please email chris@wyoretail.org  with any feedback about bills that we are monitoring)

HB 10 – Workers Compensation-Exterritorial Reciprocity

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0010.pdf

Would only pay reciprocity for workers compensation cases in other states that also offer reciprocity. 

Status-Passed the house and passed Senate committee and Committee of the Whole (first reading)

HB 13- Municipal extraterritorial jurisdiction-repeal

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0013.pdf

Within one mile of municipality, assuming the potential for annexation in the future, new business would need to be built to municipal standards and would be developers responsibility up front.  County commissioners would have final say.

Status- Passed house and passed Senate Corporations Committee. Being held down but kept alive pending compromise with HB 14 advancing.

HB 14 Municipal Jurisdiction

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0014.pdf

Addresses same issues as HB 13 but less restrictive. County would still have ability to nullify if warranted. Compromise found between cities and counties has reviewing/notification requirements with the city and the proposed date to move forward with this legislation would be Jan. 2019 giving the cities time to prepare for the transition. 

Status- Passed the house and passed Senate Corporations Committee. Will be heard on house floor this week. As long as compromise continues to move HB 14 forward, HB 13 will not advance.
Amendments made in Senate Corporations Committee not yet available online. House amendments to HB 14 can be found here 
http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Amends/HB0014HW001.pdf

 

SF 40- Commercial Air Service Improvement

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/SF0040.pdf

Establishes the Wyoming Commercial Air Service Improvement Act and creates the Wyoming commercial air service improvement council and tasks them to come up with a 10 year plan to strengthen Wyoming commercial air service.

Status-Passed the senate and passed House Appropriations Committee. Will be heard on the house floor this week.

SF 113- Community Development Districts

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/SF0113.pdf

Would authorize municipalities to create community development districts as defined.

Status-Passed senate and passed house committee.  Will be heard on house floor this week.

 

Bills that have died

HB 43 Tobacco Tax

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0043.pdf

Increases the tax on cigarettes by $1.00 per pack and on up to one ounce of moist snuff by $1.00

Status- Not considered for introduction.

HB 44 Alcoholic Liquors Markup Amount

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0044.pdf

Would raise the mark up on wholesale liquor purchases for businesses buying from the Wyoming Liquor Division from 17.3% to 20.3%

Status- Failed introduction vote.

HB 45- Mountain Daylight Savings Time

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0045.pdf

Would place Wyoming on standard central time, eliminate daylight savings time (spring forward and fall back) and creating a new time zone called mountain daylight savings time

Status- Failed introduction vote.

HB 49-Unemployment Compensation Exemption-Seasonal Employees

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0049.pdf

Would exempt employers that utilize seasonal employees working less than 21 consecutive weeks in a 12-month period from unemployment.

Status-Did not make Committee of the Whole (first reading) cutoff deadline.

HB 51- Reporting of Gross Receipts

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0051.pdf

Would require businesses in Wyoming to report their gross receipts on their annual filings to the Secretary of State’s office so that the state could gather data about gross receipts in Wyoming to possibly be used later when considering a gross receipts tax.

Status- Not considered for introduction.

HB 52 Lottery Tickets- Cash Only

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0052.pdf

Would require all lottery ticket sales to be cash only

Status- Failed introduction vote

HB 63- Resident Labor Requirements

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0063.pdf

Requires resident labor on public projects unless resident labor unavailable

Status- Withdrawn by sponsor

HB 68- Unemployment Compensation-Seasonal Employment

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0068.pdf

Provides exemption for employers utilizing season employees working 21 consecutive weeks or less in a 12-month period from unemployment.

Status- Not considered for introduction.

HB 107- Pharmacy Benefit Managers- Prohibited Practices

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0107.pdf

Prohibits certain practices for PBM’s and Insurers as defined.

Status- Withdrawn by sponsor.

HB 128- Food Trucks

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0128.pdf

Provides for the regulation, licensing and rulemaking related to food trucks in Wyoming.

Status- Failed introduction vote.

HB 154- Build Wyoming Loan Program

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0154.pdf

Creates the build Wyoming program providing up to $500 million for loans from the permanent Wyoming mineral trust fund for infrastructure projects.

Status- Failed introduction in the house by 1 vote.

HB 171- Minimum Wage

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0171.pdf

Would have raised Wyoming’s minimum hourly wage to $9.50/hr and tipped minimum wage to $5.50/hr

Status- Not considered for introduction.

HB 174- Statewide Lodging Tax

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0174.pdf

Would have created a 4% statewide lodging tax with half funding the Wyoming Office of Tourism and half being distributed back to local governments.

Status- Not considered for introduction.

 

Click here http://wyoleg.gov/LSOWEB/LegInfo.aspx for a list of all legislators’ emails, which is their preferred method of contact.

During the session you can contact a legislator to leave a message by calling the Senate receptionist at 307-777-7711 or the House receptionist at 307-777-7852.

To check on committee schedules, view bills, listen to live broadcasts of the legislative session or find out how individual legislators vote, log on to the Legislative website at http://legisweb.state.wy.us

You can also comment on bills online by visiting http://legisweb.state.wy.us/postcomments/onlinehotline.aspx.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Brown at 307-634-8816 x 207 or chris@wyoretail.org