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Budget Top Priority For Legislature

The legislature's Joint Appropriation's Committee generally has endorsed Governor Mead's recommdations for employee pay raises and increasing funding for local governments.

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Karen Snyder, K2 Radio
Karen Snyder, K2 Radio
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A Busy Legislative Session [AUDIO]

The Wyoming legislature dealt with a lot of high profile issues this session including removing Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill as head of the Department of Education, passing a 10 cent increase in the state's gas tax, and passing a supplemental budget that cut saved and spent.

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Legislative Leaders talk about session (Amy Richards/TSM)
Legislative Leaders talk about session (Amy Richards/TSM)
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Legislative Leaders Address Session [AUDIO]

Several Wyoming legislative leaders decried what they said were rude and threatening tactics by supporters of certain bills in the legislative session that wrapped up this week.

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Gov. Mead signs human trafficking bill (Amy Richards/TSM)
Gov. Mead signs human trafficking bill (Amy Richards/TSM)
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Legislative Session Ends [AUDIO]

The gavel came down on the general session of the Wyoming Legislature Wednesday, but not before lawmakers tied up some loose ends. The Senate agreed with the house on the eminent domain bill.

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Rep. Rosie Berger (Amy Richards/TSM)
Rep. Rosie Berger (Amy Richards/TSM)
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Locks for Love Donation in House [AUDIO]

The house voted to accept the joint conference committee report on the lottery bill. Representative Michael Greer (HD-27), who voted against concurrence on the bill on Monday, says he supported the conference committee report because the compromise meant the money would go to cities and towns

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Wyoming Senate (Amy Richards/TSM)
Wyoming Senate (Amy Richards/TSM)
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Lawmakers Seek Compromise on Lottery Bill [AUDIO]

Updated: (2/25 @5:31 p.m,)

A joint conference committee worked out a deal on the lottery bill.  The compromise calls for cities and towns to receive $6 million of the proceeds each year for 6 years, with the overage going into the common school land trust fund. The compromise must now go to the House and Senate to see if they agree with the deal. 

A bill that would allow a state lottery in Wyoming has been sent to a conference committee after the state House voted 34-25 not to agree with an amendment the Senate made last week in how the proceeds of the lottery would be used.

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Powerball Jackpot Reaches A Record $550 Million
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Lottery Bill Passes Senate Amended, Goes Back to the House [AUDIO]

House speaker Tom Lubnau, and Senate President Tony Ross, both said Friday they won't push to override the governor's line-item vetoes.

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Wyoming Governor Matt Mead
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead
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Gov Mead Vetoes Part of Budget, Lottery Bill Passes Another Vote [AUDIO]

Governor Matt Mead vetoed some sections of the supplemental budget bill Thursday.

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Assault Weapons Ban Expire in 2004
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Senate Committee Endorses Amended Gun Bills [AUDIO]

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday endorsed an amendment to a bill that already has passed the house.

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Karen Snyder (TSM)
Karen Snyder (TSM)
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Lawmakers Fix Budget Mistake and Bill Moves On To Governor [AUDIO]

There was a slight delay in getting the supplemental budget bill to the governor for consideration after lawmakers discovered a glitch in the bill. Senator Eli Bebout, co-chairman of the Joint Appropriations Committee says it was language error in the area of the budget that dealt with teacher salary increases

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