Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed 33 bills passed by the Wyoming Legislature in 2021 into law on Tuesday.

That includes an abortion bill that is identical to one the governor vetoed last year, and another bill requiring Wyoming voters to present identification when casting a ballot.

House Bill 75, the voter ID bill, was primarily sponsored by Rep. Chuck Gray [R-Natrona County] and cosponsored by roughly 2/3 of the Wyoming Legislature. It requires voters to present identification when voting in person, whether they vote early or on election day. Current Wyoming law only requires voters to present ID when they register to vote.

Under the bill, accepted identification would include a driver's license from any U.S. state or territory, a Medicare or Medicaid insurance card, a tribal I.D., a U.S. passport or military card, or a school ID from the University of Wyoming, any Wyoming community college or public school.

Opponents had claimed the bill was unnecessary since there has been virtually no known voter fraud in Wyoming, and that it would suppress voter turnout. But supporters argued that requiring identification to vote is a proactive, common-sense step to prevent voting fraud in future elections.

The governor on Tuesday also signed into law Senate File34, the born-alive abortion bill. That bill will mandates that "medically appropriate and reasonable steps'' be taken to save the life of an infant that survives an abortion.

You can read Senate File 34 here. The bill passed the Wyoming House last week on a 48-11 vote after having been approved in the state senate earlier this session on a 26-4 vote. Gordon in 2020 vetoed the same bill saying that Wyoming law already prohibits abortions in cases where the baby is capable of surviving outside of the womb. But he signed the measure on Tuesday.

 

The governor on Tuesday also vetoed one bill

Here are the bills the governor signed and vetoed on Tuesday:

Bill No.Enrolled Act #Bill Title
HB0229HEA0066Livestock identification choice act.
HB0207HEA0067Coal fired generation facility closures-litigation funding.
HB0017HEA0068Range management at military training areas.
HB0049HEA0069Agency fee revisions.
HB0116HEA0070Concealed carry-residency requirement-2.
HB0188HEA0071Irrigation and water conservancy district loans.
HB0075HEA0072Voter identification.
HJ0009HEJR2Local government investment in equities.
HJ0011HEJR3State sovereignty impacted by federal actions.
HB0150HEA0074State budgeting and expenditure authority.
HB0007HEA0075Air ambulance membership organizations-regulation.
HB0156HEA0076Alcoholic beverage permits.
HB0190HEA0077Vehicle titles for nonresident owners.

 

SF0083SEA0047Gillette community college district.
SF0102SEA0048Unclaimed cooperative utility deposits and payments.
SF0136SEA0049Public service commission considerations.
SF0096SEA0050Homicide amendments.
SF0078SEA0051Real estate appraisers-continuing education.
SF0126SEA0052Real estate subdivisions-easement requirements.
SF0139SEA0053Community based in-home services program.
SF0111SEA0055School of energy resources budget submittal.
SF0066SEA0056Slayer rule-amendments.
SF0019SEA0057Public health emergencies-immunity amendments.
SF0002SEA0058School facilities-project prioritization.
SJ0003SEJR1Federal suspension and orders on oil and gas production.
SF0025SEA0059Animal impound proceedings - bond and disposition.
SF0058SEA0060Wyoming investment in nursing funding.
SF0034SEA0061Born alive infant-means of care.
SF0028SEA0062Motor vehicles-security interest perfection.
SF0015SEA0063Temporary licensing and permitting authority-2.
SF0112SEA0064Insurance discount for accident prevention training.
SF0076SEA0065Broadband development program-amendments.

 

The Governor vetoed the following bill:

 

SF0114SEA0054State land leases.

 

A letter explaining the Governor’s veto of SF 114 can be found here.

 

The Governor exercised his line-item veto authority on the following bill:

 

HB0121HEA0073State funded capital construction.

 

A letter explaining the Governor’s line-item vetoes of HB 121 can be found here.

 

The full list of bills the Governor has taken action on during the 2021 Legislative Session as well as the Governor's letters can be found on the Governor’s website. 

Today is the last day of the 2021 General Session of the Legislature, although a special session is expected to be called later this year.

 

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