2017 WRA LEGISLATIVE STATUS REPORT #3

The 64th Wyoming Legislature convened at noon on January 9, 2017 and will run until Friday, March 3, 2017. 336 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. New bills are being added daily and more than 500 bills will ultimately be debated over the next 6 weeks.

Key Dates
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

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

The following list is comprised of the bills currently listed, related to the business community 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.

Priorities

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 awaiting introduction in the Senate

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 awaiting hearing from Senate Corporations Committee

Oppose- HB 140 Minimum Wage
Would raise the minimum wage to $9.50/hr and tipped minimum wage to $5.50/hr. Status- awaiting hearing in House Labor Committee

Oppose- HB 151 Cigarette Tax
Proposes to increase taxes on cigarettes. Status- awaiting hearing with House Revenue Committee

Oppose HB 168 Tobacco Tax
Proposes to increase taxes on all tobacco products. Status-awaiting hearing with House Revenue Committee

Bills That Have Died


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 49 Mountain Daylight Savings Time
Would place Wyoming into the central time zone for the entire year.
Status-failed in House Minerals Committee


Monitoring

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 second reading in the House

HB 84 Workers 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 85 Unemployment compensation-delinquent employers
Would allow delinquent employers to enter into an installment plan for up to 12 months when warranted. Status- passed House Labor Committee and awaiting first reading in the House

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 second reading in the House

HB 114 Service and Assistance Animals
Establishes a penalty for those falsely impersonating a Service Animal in a business. Status-introduced and awaiting hearing in House Corporations 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

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-Awaiting Introduction


      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 chris@wyoretail.org