Legislature Round-up: sexual assault reporting, E-bikes, repeal of ‘illegitimate child’ 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 number of actions on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Here is a round-up of some of Tuesday’s activity:

  • The House placed a bill regulating electronic bicycles on its agenda after the House transportation committee recommended the measure. It differentiates between e-bikes and mopeds and requires labeling to be placed on the bikes. It establishes three classes of e-bike which vary according to speed. Class three e-bikes, for example, are required to have a speedometer and are not allowed on pedestrian and bike pathways. The Senate passed the bill on third reading in January. Bill SF 81 can be viewed here.
  • The House is set to consider a bill requiring all criminal justice agencies to annually report all biological evidence from sexual assault cases beginning in 2020. The House appropriations committee recommended the bill after the Senate passed it on third reading in January. It would require all DNA and other evidence coming from examinations conducted to be reported. Bill SF 72 can be viewed here.
  • The Senate is set to consider a bill repealing the term “illegitimate child” from the rules of descent. The Senate Judiciary Committee recommended the bill after the House passed the bill on third reading Feb. 5. House Bill 269 can be viewed here.
  • The Senate Appropriations Committee is set to consider a bill meant to streamline college transcript formats and transfer. It would require community colleges and the University of Wyoming to work to adopt a common transcript. The bill moved to the Senate after the House passed the bill on third reading Feb. 6. House Bill 204 can be viewed here.

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