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Legislative Report - Page 6

Karen Snyder, K2 Radio
Karen Snyder, K2 Radio
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House Speaker On Education Bill [AUDIO]

Two weeks into the legislative session, several big issues have already made their way through at least one chamber.

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Wyoming House (Amy Richards/TSM)
Wyoming House (Amy Richards/TSM)
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Gas Tax Passes the House, Heading to the Senate [AUDIO]

A proposal to raise Wyoming fuel taxes by a dime a gallon has passed the Wyoming House on a 35-24 vote.The bill would raise the tax from the existing rate of 14 cents a gallon up to 24 cents. Proponents say the hike would raise about $70 million a year for the state highway system and local governments

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Karen Snyder (TSM)
Karen Snyder (TSM)
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Gas Tax Increase Moves Forward In House [AUDIO]

A proposal to raise Wyoming fuel taxes by a dime a gallon has passed second reading in the house. The house rejected a proposed amendment that would have increased the tax on diesel fuel more while increasing the tax on gasoline less.

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Ed Bill Passes Senate, Heads to House [AUDIO]

The Wyoming Senate approved legislation removing the State Superintendent of Public Instruction as administrative head of the state department of education. The senate passed the bill on third and final reading by a 20-10 vote

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Amy Richards/Townsquare Media
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Education Reform Bill Clears Another Hurdle [AUDIO]

A proposal that would remove the Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction as head of the State Education Department and transfer the agency's administrative duties to a new director to be appointed by the governor, passed second reading Tuesday

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(Kevork Djansezian/Getty)
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Legislative Committee Passes Fuel Tax Increase Bill [AUDIO]

The house revenue committee voted 7-2 to recommend approval of a bill to hike fuel taxes by a dime. The tax would increase from 14 cents to 24 cents a gallon on gasoline.

Committee member Laramie County Representative John Eklund (HD-10), tried to amend the bill to add a sunset date for the tax

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Education Reorganization Bill Clears Two Committees [AUDIO]

A proposed bill to drastically reduce the administrative role of Wyoming's top state public schools official has cleared two committees.

The proposal would remove the Wyoming Superintendent of public instruction as head of the state department of education. it would create a new director of the agency who would be appointed by the governor. The bill passed the Senate Education Committee by a 5-0 vote and the Senate Appropriations Committee by a 4-1 vote. It now goes to the full Senate.

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Rep. Matt Teeters (HD-5) 
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Rep. Matt Teeters (HD-5) (Courtesy of legisweb.state.wy.us)
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Lawmakers Propose Major Change in Education [AUDIO]

A bill was introduced in the Senate Thursday would remove the Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction as head of the State Department of Education. The bill would create a new director of the agency who would be appointed by the Governor

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Wyoming Lawmakers React to Governor’s State of State [AUDIO]

Governor Matt Mead outlined his priorities in his State of the State address to lawmakers in Cheyenne. The governor emphasized that Wyoming's in a strong position, particularly compared to most other states

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Karen Snyder (TSM)
Karen Snyder (TSM)
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Wyoming Legislators Sworn In, Get To Work [AUDIO]

The 62nd Wyoming Legislature has convened in Cheyenne for its general session, which is set to run through early March. The budget, healthcare and education seem to be the top issues on lawmakers minds.

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