2017 WRA LEGISLATIVE STATUS REPORT #8

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
Today- Last day for Committee of the Whole in the second house
Tomorrow, February 28 -
Last day for Second Reading in the second house
Wednesday, March 1 -
Last day for Third Reading in the second house
Thursday, March 2 -
Concurrences on Amendments/Joint Conference Committee Reports
Friday, March 3 -
Joint Conference Committee Reports; All JCC Reports due to Front Desk by 2:00 p.m. ADJOURN by Midnight.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - March 6, 7 and 8 are available if necessary

The following list is comprised of the bills currently listed, related to the retail industry in Wyoming. Next Monday will be the last legislative update for the 2017 general 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 passed the senate. Governor Mead is expected to sign the bill on Wednesday. Thank you so very much for your outreach and tremendous help in getting this very important bill passed this year! A significant victory for Wyoming’s Main Street Retailers!

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 passed House Corporations Committee. We are hopeful that the bill will be heard today in time for the Committee of the Whole deadline.

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.

Oppose HB 151 Cigarette Tax
Proposes to increase taxes on cigarettes. 

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 267 LLC and Corporation License Fees
Raises license fees on LLC and Corporation License Fees fro $50.00 annually to $75.00 annually. Status- died in Senate Corporations 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.

Bills that we are 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 the Senate. Governor Mead has signed.

HB 80 Transportation Network Companies
Would allow companies like UBER to operate in Wyoming. Status-passed house and passed the senate. Waiting for the house to concur with the amendments that the senate made to the bill.

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 house and passed the senate. Awaiting Governor Mead’s signature.

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 house and senate. Governor Mead has signed.

HB 114 Service and Assistance Animals
Establishes a penalty for those falsely impersonating a Service Animal in a business. Status-passed house and passed second reading in the senate.

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 house. Awaiting conference committee hearing to work on differences between the two chambers.

SF 62 Tele pharmacy-amendments
Amends the statute authorizing tele pharmacy in Wyoming. Removes the 25 mile distance requirement. Status- passed the senate and passed house. Awaiting conference committee to work out differences between the two chambers.

SF 121 Wyoming Pharmacy Act- Amendments
Bill makes numerous modifications to the Wyoming Pharmacy Act
Status-passed the senate and passed House Corporations Committee. WRA has weighed in with some recommended amendments, which have also passed. Bill is on General File in the house and will hopefully be heard by todays deadline.


      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