2019 WRA LEGISLATIVE STATUS REPORT (#1)

January 8, 2019


 

The 65th Wyoming Legislature will convene at 10:00 am in Cheyenne tomorrow morning with Governor Mark Gordon’s first state of the state. You can listen to the state of the state here 

 The 2019 general session is scheduled to run through Wednesday, February 27, 2019, with five additional days available if needed. As of today there are 141 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 Wyoming’s retail industry 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. 

 The following list is comprised of the bills currently listed, related to retail 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 the legislative priorities of the hospitality industry.

 Bills we are supporting

HB 63- Pharmacy Benefit Managers-Prescription Cost Notification

https://www.wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2019/HB0063

Would prohibit Pharmacy Benefit Managers from penalizing or prohibiting pharmacies from disclosing prescription cost or affordable alternatives. 
 

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. 


 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. 

 Bills we are monitoring

HB 14 Mountain Daylight Time
 
 
Would eliminate daylight savings time and would put Wyoming in a different time zone than our neighboring states for a significant period of time each year. 

HB 64-Indexing Fuel Taxes

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

Would index Wyoming’s fuel tax to the Consumer Price Index (CPI)


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. 
 
HB 71-Equal Pay Penalties

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

Would amend penalties for equal pay provisions.

 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

 SF 16-Community Development Districts

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

 Authorizes municipalities to create community development districts through specific assessments. 

 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. 

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.

 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