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Legislature Round-up: coal export litigation, community college bachelor degrees and more

This May 12, 2005, file photo, shows the port of Longview on the Columbia River at Longview, Wash. A judge says Washington state's Department of Natural Resources acted arbitrarily when it blocked a sublease sought by developers of a proposed coal-export terminal near Longview. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

The Wyoming Legislature took a number of actions on Monday, Feb. 25. Here is a round-up of some of Monday’s activity:

  • The Senate passed a bill on third reading that would allocate $250,000 for coal export terminal litigation. The bill states that Washington state’s denial of some permits needed to construct a coal export terminal in that state has harmed Wyoming’s economic interests. The House passed the bill on third reading Feb. 6. House Bill 251 can be viewed here.
  • The House passed a bill on second reading that would allow community colleges to offer some bachelor of applied science degree programs. The bill would also extend Hathaway scholarship opportunities to students enrolled in such programs. The Senate passed the bill on third reading in January. Senate Floor bill 111 can be viewed here.
  • The Senate passed a bill on third reading that would make sexual assault the grounds for terminating the legal relationship between a parent and child. The bill states that if a child is conceived as the result of a sexual assault, the legal relationship may be terminated. The House passed the bill on third reading Feb. 6. House Bill 107 can be viewed here.
  • A bill failed in the Senate on third reading that would have established a five percent lodging tax. The bill stipulates how lodging tax funds would be distributed and would allow counties, cities and towns to instate their own lodging taxes as well. The House passed the bill on third reading in January. House Bill 66 can be viewed here.

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


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