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Wyoming legislators being sworn-in; 2021 General Session remains in COVID limbo

(Wyoming Legislature, Youtube)

CASPER, Wyo. — Some members of the Wyoming Legislature were sworn-in at the Wyoming Capitol in Cheyenne on Monday, Jan. 4.

The House of Representatives and Senate are holding swearing in ceremonies throughout the week and on the morning of Jan. 12 when the 2021 General Session will formally convene.

While a one-day virtual session will be held on Jan. 12, uncertainty still surrounds what the General Session will look like due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Legislative Service Office said on Monday that the legislature still haven’t established a schedule for the working dates of the session but these are expected to be delayed until a later date.

The Management Council have discussed a variety of options but have yet to reach a final decision for scheduling of the session. The working dates of the session could be delayed until May 2021 at the latest.

The one-day virtual session starting at noon on Jan. 12 will be held to fulfill requirements under the Wyoming Constitution. The legislature will elect leadership and adopt rules during the session.

Governor Mark Gordon will also deliver a message to the legislature at 2 pm.

“A video livestream of the House and Senate proceedings will be available on the Legislature’s website at: www.wyoleg.gov,” the LSO says. “Gov. Gordon’s message will be livestreamed separately on Wyoming PBS’s YouTube channel at 2 p.m.”

The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.