Roundup of Thursday's Legi session: Guns, abortions and 'sanctuary cities' - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Roundup of Thursday’s Legi session: Guns, abortions and ‘sanctuary cities’

The restored Wyoming State Capitol building is seen at night on Feb. 11, 2020, in Cheyenne. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – The 2020 session of the Wyoming Legislature is intended to focus on Wyoming’s budget. This will be particularly important as lawmakers face diminishing revenue from the energy sector.

However, in the session’s first few days the majority of proposed bills delt mainly with societal issues.

Here is a quick sampling from Thursday’s session. For full coverage go to Oil City News’ Legislature page.

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A bill would have raised the minimum age for marriage to 18. Both parties entering into marriages or unions would need to be 18. It failed to meet the 2/3 vote needed to advance.

A bill that would end Wyoming’s death penalty failed. The House voted 37-23 on the introductory vote.

The bill was on its third reading during the Senate’s morning floor session on Thursday, Feb. 13 and almost was unanimously voted through, with only Laramie County Sen. Lynn Hutchings voting no on 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.

The proposed legislation would make it a felony to perform abortions without waiting 48 hours. The maximum punishment for violation of this provision would be set at 10 years imprisonment.

The House voted 36-24 to have the bill introduced, but this failed to meet the two-thirds majority required during budget sessions.