2018 WRA LEGISLATIVE STATUS REPORT (#5)
March 12, 2018

The final week of the legislature saw plenty of action as lawmakers worked late through Saturday to wrap up a challenging 2018 budget session. The main budget bill, which funds most state agencies, was passed by roughly two-thirds of lawmakers in the House and Senate after reaching a deal to remove both construction and education cuts from the budget. The idea was that those two topics would then be addressed in separate pieces of legislation. By the time both chambers had agreed to proceed in that manner, there simply was not enough time left to draft and approve the education and construction bills. The legislature will reconvene late Wednesday evening to finish up these last two pieces of business.

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

Interim - The standing legislative committees will each meet at least three times between now and the start of the 2019 Legislative General Session. The Legislative Management Council will meet sometime next month to approve and assign interim topics for each of the committees. Related topics of interest will be reported on as soon as the committee has agreed and assigned them. Your association will be closely engaged in the interim.

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. The conference committee agreed to put $2 million back into the Wyoming Office of Tourism biennium budget.

Bills that we supported

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 house. Awaiting Governor Mead’s signature.

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 senate. Awaiting Governor Mead's signature.

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 senate. Headed to Governor Mead for signature.

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 house. Headed to Governor Mead for signature.

Bills that have died

HB 13- Municipal extraterritorial jurisdiction-repeal

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

Repeal of municipal extraterritorial jurisdiction within one mile of municipality. County commissioners would have final say on projects developed within this radius.

Status- Failed passage in the senate

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.

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- Failed passage in the house

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-Failed passage in the house.

 

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