(Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming House of Representatives agreed to the introduction of a bill that would ban the disposal of wind turbine blades in the state.

The House passed the introduction of the bill as part of a consent list vote on Thursday, Feb. 13. The vote was 50-9.

House District 59 Representative Bunky Loucks and Senate District 28: Senator Jim Anderson are sponsoring the bill.

House Bill 217 would make it a misdemeanor to dispose of such blades in Wyoming and would impose fines of up to $1,000 for people convicted of doing so.

“No person shall place a wind turbine blade, in whole or in part, in mixed municipal solid waste, a solid waste management facility, commercial solid waste management facility or a commercial waste incineration or disposal facility in Wyoming,” the proposed legislation reads. “No wind energy developer as defined in W.S. 34‑27‑102(a)(ii) and no facility permitted under W.S. 18‑5‑502 or 35‑12‑102(a)(vii)(E) or (F) shall discard or otherwise dispose of a wind turbine blade, in whole or in part, except by delivery to a facility that reuses, recycles, breaks down or repurposes the blades.”

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.

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