The third and decisive Wyoming Senate vote on a proposal to expand Medicaid has been postponed until Friday.

The crucial vote had been on the senate agenda for Thursday, but bill sponsor Micheal Von Flatern (R-Gillette) asked for the proposal to be laid back for another day because three senators (Ogden Driskill, Wayne Johnson and Bruce Burns) were absent.

All of the absences were excused.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Eli Bebout (R-Riverton), said he would support Von Flatern's request, but also reminded senators "these decisions have to be made".Thursday marked the second time this week that discussion of the bill had been laid back for a day.

The legislation is widely considered to be among the most controversial bills to be considered by this session of the legislature. If the senate approves the measure it still must be considered  by the state house before being sent to Governor Matt Mead.

The Governor, in his State of the State address in January asked lawmakers to approve Medicaid expansion.