February 12, 2018

The 64th Wyoming Legislature will convene at 10:00 am in Cheyenne this morning with Governor Matt Mead’s 8th and final state of the state. You can listen to the state of the state here http://wyoleg.gov/lsoweb/AudioStream.aspx

The budget session will run for 20 working days until Friday, March 9, 2018. As of today there are 222 bills and resolutions currently listed on the Wyoming Legislature website. Bills can be found here http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2017/billreference/BillReference.aspx?type=ALL

New bills are being added daily with an expected total bill load of about 300.

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

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

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 and there will no doubt be proposed cuts to the budget as lawmakers grapple with a $600 million shortfall in education funding. We are supporting the JAC recommended budget for the WOT.

Bills that we are supporting

SF-75 Biological Products-Pharmacies


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

Bills that we are opposing

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

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.

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.

HB 14 Municipal Jurisdiction


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

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%

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

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.

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.

HB 52 Lottery Tickets- Cash Only


Would require all lottery ticket sales to be cash only

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.

HB 90- Country of Origin Recognition- USA Beef


Would require conspicuous placards displayed by all beef being sold to the public, noting its country of origin.

HB 107- Pharmacy Benefit Managers- Prohibited Practices


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

HB 128- Food Trucks


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

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.

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