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Legislature Round-up: school bus cameras, death benefits, the definition of ‘meat’ and more

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The Wyoming Legislature took a number of actions on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Here is a round-up of some of Tuesday’s activity:

  • A bill that would allow video footage to assess fines for cars passing stopped school buses was placed on the House’s agenda after the House Education Committee approved the measure. The bill passed 22 to 8 on third reading in the Senate in January. Bill SF 80 can be viewed here.
  • A Senate Joint Resolution urging the United States Congress to take action to promote multiple use of public lands passed the House on first reading. The Senate passed the resolution on third reading on Feb. 4. The bill mentions that multiple use refers to utilizing the resources available on public lands such as minerals and timber. Senate Joint Resolution No. 10 can be viewed here.
  • The House passed a bill on second reading that would amend the policy for providing death benefits to employees who’s employers participate in the Wyoming retirement system. The amendment stipulates that as of July 1, 2019 if an individual dies before retirement but was no longer an employee at time of death, only their account would be paid to their designated beneficiaries rather than their account plus a second equal amount. The Senate previously passed the measure on third reading in January. Bill SF 89 can be viewed here.
  • A bill that would regulate the use of the term “meat” for labeling and advertising purposes was placed on the House’s agenda after the House Agriculture Committee approved the measure. The bill would ban any labeling or advertising using the word “meat” inconsistent with the bill’s definition of the term. It defines meat as the “edible part of the muscle of animals” but excludes lip, snout and ear muscle and muscle that has been “manufactured, cured, smoked, cooked or processed.” It also requires products derived from cell cultures or plants to be clearly labeled. The Senate previously passed the bill on third reading in January. Bill SF 68 can be viewed here.

All legislative action can be found at the State of Wyoming 65th Legislature website.

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