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Legislature Round-up: Hemp bill, innovation ‘sandboxes’, UW license plates and more

The Wyoming State Capitol building is seen in the early hours of Jan. 7, 2019, in Cheyenne. The historic building, constructed between 1886 and 1890, is undergoing a three-year renovation. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The Wyoming Legislature took a variety of action on Tuesday, Feb. 6. He is a round-up of some of Tuesday’s activity.

  • The House passed a bill amending the minimum income requirements to qualify for a tax refund meant to benefit the elderly and disabled. The bill lowers the qualifying income threshold for both single and married persons. HB 127 passed on third reading 47 to 13. That bill can be viewed here.
  • A bill that would allow and regulate the legal production of hemp passed the House on third reading. HB 171 passed unanimously. It can be viewed here.
  • The Senate passed a bill creating a “medical digital innovation sandbox”. The term sandbox in the context of the bill means programs or periods of time in which innovative medical practices may be explored and developed. The bill sets out the rules governing this. SF 156 passed on third reading 27 to 2 with 1 abstaining. That bill can be viewed here.
  • The Senate passed a bill that would allow a car and truck to have the same University of Wyoming license plate number with a letter or symbol marking the difference. SF 117 passed 24 to 6 on third reading. That bill can be viewed here.
  • The House passed a bill on third reading allowing permitted microbrewery or winery permit owners the ability to also obtain a manufacturers license. HB 212 passed the House 53 to 7. That bill can be viewed here.
  • All legislative activity can be found at the State of Wyoming’s 65th Legislature website.