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Proposed legislation would ban ‘sanctuary cities and counties’ in Wyoming

Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — House District 57 Representative Chuck Gray has filed a bill for the Wyoming Legislature’s consideration that would ban so-called “sanctuary cities and counties” in the state.

Sanctuary cities refer to municipalities which enact laws which protect undocumented immigrants despite federal laws on immigration. No Wyoming cities or counties have enacted such law.

“Sanctuary cities are a danger to our citizens,” Gray said in a Wednesday press release.  “It is important that we get ahead of the radical Left on this issue.”

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The proposed House Bill 108 would prevent sanctuary cities or counties from receiving funding from the state.

“We need to ban sanctuary cities or counties in state statute,” Gray continued in the press release.  “Wyoming citizens do not want this.  This bill makes it clear in state statute that sanctuary cities and counties are banned.  The radical left has shown time and time again that they attempt to gradually institute their priorities.  President Trump has done a great job pushing back against the radical Left on this issue, and the state legislature needs to take the same approach here in Wyoming state government.”

Other sponsors of the bill include Representatives Eyre, Jennings, Lindholm, Loucks, Salazar, Tass and Washut and Senators Bebout and James.

During a budget session, at least two-thirds of the House must vote to have a proposed bill introduced. Those bills which meet this threshold are then assigned to a committee.

Committees which have been assigned bills after approval on an introductory vote in the House will vote to “pass,” “do not pass” or “pass with amendments.”

Bills which make it out of committee then return to the full House for consideration. The House then must approve a bill on three readings before it is sent to the Senate.

If the Senate passes the bill with no amendments, the bill is sent to the governor’s desk for consideration. If they tack on amendments, then the bill is assigned to the Joint Conference Committee to reconcile differences.

If that committee can reach a consensus, the bill is sent to the governor who can sign or veto the bill. The House and Senate are able to override a veto with a two-thirds majority vote.