Online Poll: How Closely Will You Follow The 2024 Wyoming Legislature?
The Wyoming Legislature is slated to meet in a budget session on February 12 in Cheyenne.
In Wyoming, lawmakers meet in general and budget sessions in alternating years. During a 40-day budget session, bills on any topic can be introduced.
During a budget session, non-budget items can be considered, but a 2/3 majority vote is needed for non-budget bills to be considered. Despite that threshold, there has been a general trend of more non-budget bills being introduced during budget sessions in recent years.
Even so, efforts to do away with the alternating budget and general sessions system in recent years have gotten little traction.
Will You Be Paying Close Attention To The Session?
So how much attention will you pay to this year's legislative session?
Unlike the U.S. Congress or some state legislatures, meetings of the Wyoming ''Citizen Legislature" are not a year-round event so far as full-blown legislative sessions. It is worth mentioning that legislative committees do meet throughout the calendar year.
And rarely, special sessions of the full legislature are called to deal with pressing business. But in general, the final fate of bills that are filed to become laws potentially is decided when lawmakers meet in the annual sessions in Cheyenne.
The legislature deals with some serious, even life-changing issues. School funding, health care. Issues like abortion and whether marijuana should be legal, maintaining our highways, taxes, and many more come up regularly or at least periodically.
Having said that not everyone necessarily follows the proceedings closely. People have bills to pay, families to raise, and the day-to-day cares of life. And if we are being honest here, the legislature to a lot of people just means "politics." And a lot of people just don't want to hear about politics in any way, shape or form.
So how about you? Will you be paying attention to the Wyoming Legislature? Take our poll and give us your opinion!