2019 WRA LEGISLATIVE STATUS REPORT (#1)

January 14, 2019



 The 2019 general session is underway and is scheduled to run through Wednesday, February 27, 2019, with five additional days available if needed. As of today there are 234 bills and resolutions listed on the Wyoming Legislature website. Bills can be found here 
New bills are being added daily with an expected total bill load of about 500.

 As a number of bills that could impact the retail industry in Wyoming have and will continue to emerge in the coming weeks. Your association will be very closely monitoring them, as they are posted and engaging as necessary.

 To be most effective in protecting and promoting our industry we will need your help throughout the session. Please keep a very close eye out for any “calls to action.” These typically require immediate action, will be simple to read and will include all of the information that you will need to engage. We only use the call to action when absolutely necessary so when you see one please take a moment to read it and engage. Our greatest strength is your voice and you will be needed this session to help support our industry.    

Key dates
     • Thursday, January 24 Last day for Senate Files to be submitted to LSO for introduction (noon)
     • Tuesday, January 29 Last day for House Bills to be submitted to LSO for introduction (noon) 
     • Friday, February 1 Last day for Bills to be reported out of Committee in house of origin
     • Monday, February 4 Last day for Committee of the Whole in house of origin
     • Tuesday, February 5 Last day for Second Reading in house of origin 
     • Wednesday, February 6 Last day for Third Reading on Bills in house of origin
 

The following list is comprised of the bills currently listed, related to the retail industry in Wyoming. There will be many more bills listed in the coming weeks. This list will be updated weekly.  Please watch the WRA legislative update every Monday for additions and up to date information on our legislative priorities.

 Bills we are supporting
 

HB 69-Collections of Sales Tax by Marketplace Facilitators

https://www.wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2019/HB0069

 Would require online marketplace facilitators (Amazon, Etsy, Ebay, etc) to collect and remit sales tax on sales into   Wyoming. 

Status-Passed committee and awaiting first reading in the house


 Governor’s recommended supplemental budget request of $2.5 million for the Wyoming Office of Tourism.

 Wyoming’s marketing program currently ranks 29th in the nation, well below most of our competing surrounding   states.  This funding is a stopgap that will aid in elevating marketing resources and driving more visitor traffic to  Wyoming until an alternative funding source is passed. Status-The Wyoming Office of Tourism has been called back to present to the Joint Appropriations Committee on Monday, January 14.

 Bills we are monitoring (If you would like WRA to take an official position on any of our monitoring positions please email WRA Director Chris Brown at chris@wyoretail.org)

 
HB 14 Mountain Daylight Time

 

 

Bill eliminates daylight savings time and would put Wyoming in a different time zone than our neighboring states for a significant period of time each year. The bill would not go into effect until three adjoining states agreed to do the same. 
Status-Introduced and referred to House Agriculture Committee
 
HB 63- Pharmacy Benefit Managers-Prescription Cost Notification

 

 

Would prohibit Pharmacy Benefit Managers from penalizing or prohibiting pharmacies from disclosing prescription cost or affordable alternatives. 
Status-Introduced and assigned to House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee
 
HB 64-Indexing Fuel Taxes 

https://wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2019/HB0064

Would index Wyoming’s fuel tax to the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
Status-Received for introduction in the house 


HB 67-Sales Tax Revisions

https://www.wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2019/HB0067

Would remove the sales tax exemption on home-prepared foods, data centers and manufacturing.  The bill would reduce the state sales tax to 3.5% and would create a tax on most services. Status-Received for introduction in the house
 
HB 71-Equal Pay Penalties

https://www.wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2019/HB0071

Would amend penalties for equal pay provisions.

Status-Introduced and referred to House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee

 HB 72- Wage Transparency

https://www.wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2019/HB0072

 Would prohibit employers from barring employees from disclosing wage information and would prohibit employers   from requiring employees to waive wage disclosure rights

Status-Introduced and referred to House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee

HB 93-Tourism Improvement Districts

https://wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2019/HB0093

A tourism improvement district, or TID, is a mechanism for funding local tourism promotion activities. An assessment is placed on tourism businesses within a designated geographic area and the funds raised through the assessment are used for specific tourism marketing purposes.  The bill will be written as enabling legislation, meaning that it allows for the conversation about Tourism Improvement Districts in your communities but it does not create or mandate anyone to utilize a TID.  Status-Introduced and assigned to Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee
 

 SF 16-Community Development Districts

  https://www.wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2019/SF0016

 Authorizes municipalities to create community development districts through specific assessments. 

Status-Introduced and assigned to Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee

 SF 45-Emergency Administration of Opiate Antagonist-Revisions

https://www.wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2019/SF0045

 Would define the terms, entity and opioid for purposes of emergency administration of opioid antagonist.

Status-Passed committee and first two readings in the senate

SF 46-Opioid Prescription Limits
Would limit the amount of opioids that may be prescribed.

SF 47- Controlled Substances Education and Administration

https://www.wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2019/SF0047

Would require boards regulating health care to require continuing education related to controlled substances, would require electronic prescriptions for controlled substances and would require practitioners to search the controlled substance prescription-tracking program.

Status-Introduced and referred to House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee

SF 48- Unemployment Compensation-Seasonal Employees

 https://wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2019/SF0048

Status-Introduced and referred to Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee

SF 81- Electric Bicycles-Regulation

https://www.wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2019/SF0081

Defines and regulates electric bicycles 



 Stay Engaged with the 2019 Legislative Budget Session!

 Click here 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
 https://www.wyoleg.gov/ 

 To view the Citizens Guide to the Legislature please click here 

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