February 26, 2018

Week 2 at the legislature saw several key deadlines for bills as they continued to move forward. All bills had to advance out of committee in their house of origin by last Thursday and through Committee of the Whole (first reading) by Friday. We are now at the halfway point of the session.  Any bills not making these deadlines will not advance.

A list of all bills considered and their current status can be found here


Key deadlines and dates for this week

The Legislature will not convene for a mid-session recess on Monday, February 26.

February 27 is the last day for second reading in the house of origin.

February 28 is the last day for third reading in the house of origin.

The Biennium Budget was debated last week.  Mirror budget bills were debated simultaneously in the house and the senate.  In the house 113 2nd and 3rd reading budget amendments were considered and in the senate 73 2nd and 3rd reading budget amendments were considered.  This week a conference committee consisting of 5 members of each chamber will meet to negotiate the significant differences between the two chamber’s versions of the budget. The budget bill can be seen here http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/Introduced/HB0001.pdf

Proposed house budget amendments and their status can be seen here http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/BillReference/AmendmentList.aspx?BillNo=HB0001

Proposed senate budget amendments and their status can been found here http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2018/BillReference/AmendmentList.aspx?BillNo=SF0001

As a number of bills that could impact the retail industry across Wyoming have been working through the process towards becoming law. Your association has been very closely monitoring these and we are engaging as necessary.

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 and please keep a close eye out for any “Calls to Action” as needed.

To listen live to the action happening at the 2018 legislature please click here http://wyoleg.gov/lsoweb/AudioStream.aspx


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.  A conference committee will meet this week to work out the difference between the senate and house versions.


Bills that we are supporting

HB 63- Pharmacy Benefit Managers-Prescription Cost Notification
Would prohibit Pharmacy Benefit Managers from penalizing or prohibiting pharmacies from disclosing prescription cost or affordable alternatives

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- Passed the senate and will be introduced this week in the house.

SF-75 Biological Products-Pharmacies


Cleans up language in the Wyoming Pharmacy Act related to biosimilars.

Status- Passed the senate and will be heard in the house labor committee this week.


Bills we are opposing

HB 55- Property Offenses.  Reduces misdemeanor and felony offenses for shoplifting and damage against property by significantly increasing the dollar thresholds tied to each crime.


Status- Passed second reading in the house.


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


Would only pay reciprocity for workers compensation cases in other states that also offer reciprocity. 

Status-Passed second reading in the house.

HB 13- Municipal extraterritorial jurisdiction-repeal


Within one mile of municipality, assuming the potential for annexation in the future, new business would need to be built to municipal standards and would be developers responsibility up front.  County commissioners would have final say.

Status-Passed second reading in the house.

HB 14 Municipal Jurisdiction


Addresses same issues as HB 13 but less restrictive.  County would still have ability to nullify if warranted. 

Status-Passed second reading in the house.

SF 40- Commercial Air Service Improvement


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 will be heard in the house this week.


Bills that have died

HB 43 Tobacco Tax


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


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


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


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


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


Would require all lottery ticket sales to be cash only

Status- Failed introduction vote

HB 63- Resident Labor Requirements


Requires resident labor on public projects unless resident labor unavailable

Status- Withdrawn by sponsor

HB 68- Unemployment Compensation-Seasonal Employment


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


Prohibits certain practices for PBM’s and Insurers as defined.

Status- Withdrawn by sponsor.

HB 128- Food Trucks


Provides for the regulation, licensing and rulemaking related to food trucks in Wyoming.

Status- Failed introduction vote.

HB 154- Build Wyoming Loan Program


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


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


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.


Click here http://wyoleg.gov/LSOWEB/LegInfo.aspx 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