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 WRA Works On 2013 Wyoming Legislative Session

How does the Wyoming Retail Association see the upcoming 2 month Wyoming Legislative Session affecting retailers?

Your association, with your feedback, has met this year with the Governor, congressional delegation and many legislators in order to determine how to make your voice heard and make Wyoming a business friendly state for retailers. Certainly everyone’s priority is to get back to a healthy economy with high employment.

Special attention is being paid to the Wyoming House of Representatives where 23 of the 60 members are new and only 62% have served for 2 or more years. Your association has visited with almost all the new members.

At the state level, WRA seeks every opportunity to promote reasonable government regulation and object to overly burdensome laws and regulations in workers compensation, unemployment, sales tax collection, labor laws and much more. This session there will be legislation offered in all those areas.

Sometimes one of our segments needs additional help—this year it is the pharmacy sector. Pharmacies are expanding their role in health care and so WRA is advocating for bills to allow a greater age range for immunization and to permit some other selected administration of medication.

While Wyoming is not having the extreme budget crisis of other states, Wyoming’s executive and legislative branch leadership are reigning in expenses by reducing the budget allocations of all agencies by an average of 6.5% (some more and some less). WRA is keeping an eye on this process to make sure critical business infrastructure is kept in place. In that vein, WRA supports a user fee to maintain Wyoming highways in the form of an increase in the gasoline tax (practically the lowest in the country.) If everyone doesn’t share the burden of maintaining our highways, other taxes, including sales and business taxes, will have to assume the burden.

Click here for our updated list of bills
filed to this point for the fast paced 2013 Wyoming Legislative Session. The session began January 8 and ends around March 1 and all new bills must be introduced by January 23 in the Senate and January 28 in the House—that is only 2 and a half weeks after the session begins. A bill must PASS out of its House of Origin by February 4, only 3 weeks after the session begins.

That is why if we ask for your feedback during the next two weeks, we need it almost IMMEDIATELY

Click here 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
 

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