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Sommers’ report

Posted: Thursday, Jan 17th, 2013

Hello Sublette County. My first week in the legislature has been a blur, but I am starting to understand the process. The big-ticket items during this session remain health care, education, the budget and highway funding. A bill designed to reorganize the State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s duties was the hot topic of the week, and because I serve on the Education Committee in the House, the issue will be front and center for me.

I am not the prime sponsor of any bills at this time, but I am co-sponsoring several bills. In the Senate, I am co-sponsoring two bills of Sublette County’s Senator Stan Cooper, and they are Senate Files 109 and 110. Senate File 109 is designed to peel off some of the severance tax headed for the Permanent Mineral Trust Fund and earmark it for road construction. While I believe the solution for highway funding should be a blend of a fuel tax increase and a diversion of the severance tax, Senator Cooper’s bill does open up the discussion. Senate File 109 is a bill designed to update registration fees for horse trailers with living quarters and was an idea brought forth by our county treasurers across the state. I am also co-sponsoring Senate File 91, which is an attempt to rectify the issues surrounding petitions and elections involving changing the number of county commissioners from three to five or five to three.

On the House side, I am co-sponsoring five bills, including three bills which provide incentives to encourage the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). House Bill 121, which I am co-sponsoring, is a bill sponsored by Representative Kathy Davison from Lincoln County and provides for an advocate for victims of felony crimes. I am also co-sponsoring House Bill 128, which makes it illegal to transport illegally taken wildlife into the state of Wyoming and makes it illegal to possess body parts of a big game animal that is wasted. A hunter could not retain the horns of an animal he left wasted in the field.

As the session progresses, feel free to contact me at albert@albertsommers.com.

Albert Sommers (R-Sublette County)

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