2017 WRA LEGISLATIVE STATUS REPORT #5

The 64th Wyoming Legislature convened at noon on January 9, 2017 and will run until Friday, March 3, 2017. 485 total bills and resolutions were submitted by committees and individual legislators for the 2017 general session- they can be found here http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2017/billreference/BillReference.aspx?type=AL.

Key Dates
Last week was crossover week for the 2017 general session. Any bills that were not out of committee in their house of origin by last Thursday died. Likewise any bills that were not out of Committee of the Whole (First Reading) by the end of the day last Friday died as well.

Key Deadline Dates This Week
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.

**Thank you very much to all of the WRA members that have organized outreach to legislators this past week in support of HB 19- Sales From Remote Sellers. The bill will be heard in the Senate Revenue Committee on Tuesday upon noon adjournment.**

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 house and will be heard in Senate Revenue Committee this week

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- passed the Senate and awaiting introduction in the House

Oppose- HB 151 Cigarette Tax
Proposes to increase taxes on cigarettes Status- passed House and awaiting introduction in senate

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 85 Unemployment Compensation-Delinquent Employers
Would allow delinquent employers to enter into an installment plan for up to 12 months when warranted.
Status- was not heard in House Labor 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 140 Minimum Wage
Amended to raise Wyoming State minimum non-tipped wage to federal level of $7.25/hr
Status- failed on First Reading in the House

HB 141 Daylight Savings Time Exemption
Would exempt Wyoming from daylight savings time.
Status-failed in House Minerals Committee

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 productsStatus- failed in House Revenue 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-was never introduced in the house

HB 234- Airport Support
Would adjust the lodging tax split of 60/30/10 in applicable county to be 10/50 (for airport funding) 30/10
Status- was not considered in committee

HB 269 Prohibited Question on Job Applications
Bill would prohibit employers from asking about applicant’s criminal history on job applications.
Status-never introduced in house

HB 290- State Lodging Tax
Would create a 1% statewide lodging tax with 100% collections going to Game and Fish.
Status- was never heard in House Revenue 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 passed Senate Labor Committee

HB 80 Transportation Network Companies
Would allow companies like UBER to operate in Wyoming. Status-passed the House and awaiting introduction in 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 and awaiting hearing in Senate 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 Senate Labor Committee 

HB 114 Service and Assistance Animals
Establishes a penalty for those falsely impersonating a Service Animal in a business. Status-passed House and awaiting hearing in Senate Agriculture Committee

HB 267 LLC and Corporation License Fees
Raises license fees on LLC and Corporation License Fees fro $50.00 annually to $75.00 annually
Status- passed First Reading 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 hearing in House Transportation Committee

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 hearing in the House Labor Committee

SF 121 Wyoming Pharmacy Act- Amendments
Bill makes numerous modifications to the Wyoming Pharmacy Act
Status-passed Second reading in Senate. WRA has weighed in with some recommended amendments, which also passed


      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