The Senate Labor, Health and Social Services committee voted 4-to-1 on Wednesday to recommend that the full senate not pass the bill to add nearly 30,000 people to the medicaid rolls in the state.Green River Senator John Hastert, who is sponsoring the bill, says despite the do not pass recommendation, the bill will likely come up for debate in the Senate.

 I'm not sure of the mechanism to bring the bill to the floor....

Hastert says the state health department would save millions through the expansion by cutting reliance on other state programs.The Wyoming Hospital Association and several other health groups support the move.

 The bottom line is that we can not move forward with any education accountability work....

The Senate has passed legislation calling for the development of an energy and natural resources curriculum to be taught in the state schools. Under the bill, the governor's office would oversee development of the curriculum while representatives from the energy industry would provide materials and help with the process.

 Silencers on the surface are often seen as evil...

A bill stripping the Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction as head of the State Department of Education was debated on committee of the whole in the house Wednesday. House Education Committee Chairman Representative Matt Teeters says depending on what happens in the house the education committee will have a lot of work to do on the education accountability issue.

The bottom line is we can't move forward with the education accountability bill we passed last year....

Allowing hunters to use silencers is back on the agenda at the state capitol. The bill passed out of committee and is now in the Senate for debate. Senator Ogden Driskell introduced the bill in the Senate after a version of the bill died in the house.

 Silencers are often thought of as evil...

Representative Kathy Davison of Kemmerer is the chairwoman of the committee that rejected the house bill and testified against the senate version.

 Well I voted no for it, because I think it's a matter of safety....

Wyoming is one of the few western states that bar hunters from using silencers.

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Sen. Hastert on medicaid expansion

Rep. Teeters on education work

Sen. Driskell on silencer bill

Rep. Davison on silencer bill