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Sommersí report

Posted: Thursday, Feb 14th, 2013

Hello, Sublette County. We covered many issues last Thursday, and I thought you might like to hear the number and breadth of issues we vote on daily. The House passed nine Senate bills on final reading Thursday. The issues covered were oil and gas conservation commission filings, oil and gas supervisor qualifications, supreme court decisions and session laws, child support payment procedures, uniform commercial code revisions, inmate transfers, professional engineers and surveyors practice act, school capital construction and correctional industries.

The most debated of the issues was Senate File 18, which allowed correctional facilities the right to develop inmate programs that provide for-hire services in communities. An example might be a laundry service. This is intended to not compete with private enterprise, but there was concern about competition and thus debate was generated. I voted in favor of this bill, because the more productive we can make inmates, the better off society will be, and I believe there were enough checks and balances in the system to avoid competition with the private sector.

On Thursday, we also heard, debated and voted on 17 bills in Committee of the Whole, which is when the first vote by the entire body occurs. These bills were from the Senate and included the following issues; authorization for certain radioactive waste facilities, limited mining operations, special districts, search and rescue program donations, uniform adult guardianship jurisdiction act, sales tax-zapping, big horn sheep relocation, game bird farm license expiration, school capital construction, qualifications for UW trustees, community juvenile services, wiretap authorization, motor vehicle lemon law, frivolous liens, state board of education membership and livestock disease reporting and liability.

The most interesting of these were Senate File 26, which would allow storage of radioactive waste on-site if a commercial nuclear reactor were ever approved by the state of Wyoming, and Senate File 27, which would increase 10-acre exemption gravel pits to 15-acre pits.

Our next Committee of the Whole will include bills addressing hunting with silencers, county commissioner elections to modify number of commissioners and preference points for deer, elk, and antelope, these are Senate Files 132, 91 and 85. n

Albert Sommers, HD 22


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