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Governor vetos ‘born alive’ bill, signs 2 others into law

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon is welcomed to the House Chamber during his 2020 State of the State address on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Cheyenne. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon said in a press release he has signed two bills, vetoed four and allowed five to go into law without his signature. They are the final set of bills from this year’s legislative session.

According to a release, he signed HB0137 ‘Worker’s compensation-legislators’ and HB0243 ‘Oil and gas tax-new production’ bills into law today.

The four bills Gordon vetoed were HB0119 ‘Medicaid billing for school-based services,’ SF0097 ‘Born alive infant-means of care,’ SF0140 ‘banking division-classification salary exemptions,’ and SF0138 ‘Investment of state funds-2.’

For the ‘born alive’ bill, the governor, who is pro-life, said  “Laws already in place protect children from being denied life-saving care simply because they were born as a result of an abortion,” according to the release. The governor said the bill would cause unintended harm to people who are suffering emotionally from a non-viable pregnancy.

The legislation proposed removing the “any chance of survival” provision. This means that if an infant is born alive when an abortion procedure is performed, physicians would be required to “take medically appropriate and reasonable steps to preserve the life and health of an infant born alive” regardless of the infant’s chance of survival.

The full responses from the governor on each vetoed bill can be seen here.

Bills allowed into law without a signature are HB0174 ‘Kindergarten start date,’ HB0162 ‘State trust lands-proposals and study,’ HB0040 ‘school finance – model recalibration,’ SF0117 ‘First responder workplace mental injury coverage,’ and SF0134 ‘Special event liquor licenses.’