2017 WRA LEGISLATIVE STATUS REPORT #4
The 64th Wyoming Legislature convened at noon on January 9, 2017 and will run until Friday, March 3, 2017. 467 bills and resolutions are currently listed on the Wyoming Legislature website - they can be found here http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2017/billreference/BillReference.aspx?type=AL.
Wednesday, January 25 is the last day for Senate Files to be submitted to LSO for introduction.
Monday, January 30 is the last day for House Bills to be submitted to LSO for introduction.
Thursday, February 2 is the last day for bills to be reported out of Committee in house of origin.
Friday, February 3 is the last day for Committee of the Whole (1st Reading) in house of origin.
Monday, February 6 is the last day for Second Reading in house of origin.
Tuesday, February 7 is the 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. 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.
Call To Action- Please keep a close eye out during the entire legislative session for call to action emails. This will be a difficult session with many impactful decisions being made at a very quick pace. Now is the time to engage and ensure that our voice is heard as an industry. All call to action emails will come with all of the information you need and should only take you a few minutes to engage. Your voice is the most critical one during the legislative session and it is absolutely imperative that our industry plays an active role this session.
Support - HB 19 Sales from remote sellers
Bill would require out of state, online sellers, selling into Wyoming with more than $100,000 annually in sales or 200 transactions, to collect and remit Wyoming sales taxes. Status- Passed the Wyoming House and will be heard this week in Senate Revenue Committee
Support- SF 94 Franchise Business Relationships
The bill would define a franchisee's employee as their own and not the employee of the franchisor and would protect franchisor's from unwarranted lawsuits, etc. It helps protect the franchise model of business.
Status-Introduced and will be heard this week in Senate Revenue Committee
Oppose- HB 151 Cigarette Tax
Proposes to increase taxes on cigarettes. Status- passed House Revenue Committee and on Second Reading on the house floor.
Bills That Have Died
HB 49 Mountain Daylight Savings Time
Would place Wyoming into the central time zone for the entire year. Status-failed in House Minerals Committee
HB 102 Lodging Tax Rate
Would allow additional 2% local option lodging tax earmarked for tourism related infrastructure. Would allow shifting of lodging tax to be used for up to 4% for infrastructure or up to 4% for promotion with a total of no more than 6% tax imposed.
Status- Failed in House Revenue Committee-lack of a second motion
HB 149 Lodging Tax Distribution
Would split local option lodging tax collections from the current 90/10 for local promotion to 50/50 promotion with half going to local government. Status- failed in House Revenue Committee 8-1
HB 168 Tobacco Tax
Proposes to increase taxes on all tobacco products. Status-awaiting hearing with House Revenue Committee
HB 71 Unemployment Insurance-electronic communications
Would allow Unemployment Insurance notifications to be delivered electronically through email as specified. Status- passed House and awaiting introduction in the Senate
HB 80 Transportation Network Companies
Would allow companies like UBER to operate in Wyoming. Status-passed the house and awaiting introduction in the Senate.
HB 84 Workers compensation-delinquent employers
Would allow delinquent employers to enter into an installment plan for up to 12 months when warranted. Status- passed the House.
HB 85 Unemployment compensation-delinquent employers
Would allow delinquent employers to enter into an installment plan for up to 12 months when warranted. Status- introduced and awaiting hearing in House Labor Committee.
HB 92 Payment of wages upon termination-time limits
Would allow employers to pay final pay based upon a collective bargaining agreement between the employer and employee. Status-passed the House and awaiting introduction in the Senate.
HB 114 Service and Assistance Animals
Establishes a penalty for those falsely impersonating a Service Animal in a business. Status-passed the House and awaiting introduction in the Senate.
HB 140 Minimum Wage
Amended to raise the minimum wage to the federal level of $7.25/hr. Status- Passed House Labor Committee
HB 141 Daylight Savings Time Exemption
Would exempt Wyoming from daylight savings time. Status-introduced and awaiting hearing with House Minerals Committee
HB 169- Prohibited Firearms-Business and Commercial Establishments
Bill states that anyone that prohibits the carrying of a firearm on the person's commercial or business premises by an individual legally allowed to carry shall assume responsibility for the safety and protection of the individual while on the premises. Status-awaiting introduction in the House
HB 269 Prohibited Question on Job Applications
Bill would prohibit employers from asking about applicant’s criminal history on job applications.
SF 53 Veterans hiring preference AN ACT relating to veterans; specifying the hiring preference in public employment for veterans and surviving spouses of deceased veterans; eliminating the residency requirement for the preference; amending archaic language; and providing for an effective date. Status-passed Senate and awaiting introduction in the House
SF 62 Tele pharmacy-amendments
Amends the statute authorizing tele pharmacy in Wyoming. Removes the 25 mile distance requirement. Status- passed the Senate and awaiting introduction in the House
SF 121 Wyoming Pharmacy Act- Amendments
Bill makes numerous modifications to the Wyoming Pharmacy Act
Status-Introduced and awaiting hearing in Senate Corporations Committee-WRA has weighed in with some recommended amendments.
Get Involved! Keep up with the Session & Contact your Legislators
Click here http://legisweb.state.wy.us/LegislatorSummary/App_Themes/LSO/PDFContactInfo.pdf 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 firstname.lastname@example.org