LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 2021

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LONGEVITY BILL SECOND ATTEMPT FAILS!!!

The Senate Revenue Committee killed SF0097 - State employee longevity pay-prospective repeal on a vote of 3-2 this afternoon March 4, 2021. The bill was sponsored by Senator Hicks (R) Albany, Carbon, Sweetwater.

WPEA lobbyist Ken Decaria was in attendance to testify on this legislation assisted with talking points provided by WPEA Executive Director Betty Jo Beardsley. Decaria stated longevity is a recruitment and retention benefit. Longevity is not tied to base pay and is an incentive to keep employees working to the four year requirement and beyond. The bill would have no impact to the budget for five years since it applies to new hires as of July 1, 2021, and the fiscal note attached to the bill is an estimate.

Committee members voting NO on the bill in support of continuing the longevity benefit for state employees were Senator Fred Baldwin (R) Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater, Uinta; Senator Stephan Pappas (R) Laramie; and Senator Wendy Schuler (R) Uinta. Contact these three Senators and let them know that you appreciate their support of state employees.

 

Yes votes came from Chairman Senator Cale Case (R) Fremont and Senator Tom James (R) Sweetwater.

Legislative Committee Chairs

 

The following House Committee Chairs have been made for the 2021-2022 biennium:

Judiciary: Representative Jared Olsen - Chair

Appropriations: Representative Bob Nicholas - Chair

Revenue: Representative Steve Harshman - Chair

Education: Representative Jerry Paxton - Chair

Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water Resources: Representative John Eklund - Chair

Travel, Recreation, Wildlife & Cultural Resources: Representative Jamie Flitner - Chair

Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions: Representative Dan Zwonitzer - Chair

Transportation, Highways & Military Affairs: Representative Donald Burkhart - Chair

Minerals, Business & Economic Development: Representative Mike Greear - Chair

Labor, Health & Social Services: Representative Sue Wilson - Chair

The following Senate Committee assignments were made for the 2021-2022 biennium:

Judiciary: Senator Tara Nethercott - Chair

Appropriations: Senator Drew Perkins - Chair

Revenue: Senator Cale Case - Chair

Education: Senator Charles Scott - Chair

Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water Resources: Senator Brian Boner - Chair

Travel, Recreation, Wildlife & Cultural Resources: Senator Affie Ellis - Chair

Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions: Senator Ogden Driskill - Chair

Transportation, Highways & Military Affairs: Senator Bill Landen - Chair

Minerals, Business & Economic Development: Senator Jim Anderson - Chair

Labor, Health & Social Services: Senator Fred Baldwin - Chair

WPEA BILL WATCH LIST

The Joint Conference Committee has reached a consensus on the Budget Bill SF0001 and HB0001 and will be presenting the engrossed copy to the two chambers before sending it to the Governors office. A number of bills have become "inactive" with no action taken on them. We have combined the bills we are following into categories based on content. We have also indicated WPEA priority bills. This is a list of the bills WPEA is following, including inactive bills:

General Government & Appropriation Bills (Priority Bills*)

Bill #         Title                                                                                                  Sponsor                     Last Action/Date      

HB0001*  General government appropriations-2                                  Appropriations        H H Appointed to JCC 01 3/19/2021

HB0036   Management council membership.                                       Laursen                    H S Referred to S12 Rules 3/25/2021

HB0121    State funded capitol construction.                                          Appropriations        H S H  Received for concurrence 3/25/2021

HB0135    Hank Coe Leadership Highway-designation.                       Henderson               H S S Second Reading: Laid back 3/25/2021

HB0150    State budgeting and expenditure authority.                         Appropriations        H S S COW Passed 3/25/2021

HB0219    Investment funds committee-membership.                         Nicholas                   H S Referred to S07  Corporations 3/25/2021

HB0244    State investment administration.                                        HAppropriations          H S Referred to S02 - Appropriations 3/25/2021

SF0001*   General government appropriations-2                                    Appropriations       S H Appointed JCC01 Members 3/19/2021

SF0035    State budget department.                                                         Appropriations        H Second Reading: Passed 3/25/2021

SF0079    Medicaid billing for school-based services.                           Appropriations        S H COW: Passed 3/25/2021

SF0119     Investment of state permanent funds.                                    Appropriations        H Cow: Passed 3/25/2021

SF0120    Investment of state non-permanent funds.                            Appropriations        H COW: Passed 3/25/2021

SF0121    State funds – investments and distributions.                           Perkins                     S H Received for Introduction 3/25/2021

SF0147    Management council authority & legislative committees    Hicks                         S H Received for Introduction 3/19/2021

Public Employee Bills

HB0107   Retirement system efficiency-disbursement method.           Henderson              H S COW: Passed 3/25/2021

SF0009   State employee-moving expenses.                                           Transportation        S H Placed onGeneral File 3/19/2021

Education Bills

HB0052   Wyoming school protein enhancement program.                 Agriculture              H S S Second Reading : Passed 3/25/2021

HB0173    School finance funding-2.                                                           HEducation             H S Introduced Referred to S04 - Education 3/25/2021

SF0002    School facilities-project prioritization.                                      Sel Sch Fac              H S H COW: Passed 3/25/2021

SF0058    Wyoming investment in nursing funding.                                Education                H S H COW: Passed 3/25/2021

SF0079    Medicaid funding for school-based services                          Appropriations        S H COW: Passed 3/25/2021

SF0138     School board trustees-party affiliation.                                    Ellis                            S H Received for Introduction 3/25/2021

SF0143     School finance-funding model amendments.                        Scott                         S H Received for Introduction 3/19/2021

SJ0004    School capital construction-constitutional amendment.      Scott                         H Introduced Referred to H-04 Education 3/22/2021

 

Corporations, Elections & Judiciary Bills

HB0075   Voter identification.                                                                    Gray                         H S Introduced Referred to S07 - Corporations 3/17/2021

HB0187   Elected official residency requirement.                                  Hunt                        H S Introduced Referred to S07 - Corporations 3/24/2021

WPEA Priority Bills* and Inactive Bills

HB0002   School buildings and select facilities study.                            Sel Sch Fac             H COW: H Did Not Consider for COW  3/22/2021

HB0005   School buildings major maintenance.                                      Sel Sch Fac             H No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/22/2021

HB0026   Fuel tax.                                                                                          Revenue                  H COW: H Did Not Consider for COW 3/22/2021

HB0061    School finance recalibration.                                                     Recalibration           H No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/22/2021

HB0074   Elected officials-removal.                                                            Bear                          H No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/24/2021

HB0077    School district reorganization.                                                   Zwonitzer                H No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/24/2021

HB0081    School finance litigation.                                                             Baker                       H No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/22/2021

HB0089    School finance amendments.                                                    Hallinan                  H No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/22/2021

HB0099   Property tax increase limit-2.                                                     Gray                          H COW: H Did Not Consider for COW 3/22/20121

HB0114    Property tax assessment.                                                            Harshman               H No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/23/2021

HB0129   School finance-activities funding.                                              Western                  H Did Not Consider for Introduction 3/8/2021

HB0132    Casper state office building-naming.                                        Walters                    H COW: Failed 14-16-0-0   3/18/2021

HB0138   Tax on unearned income.                                                            Schwartz                 H No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/23/2021

HB0154    School finance-school district reserves.                                  Sommers                H COW: H Did not Consider for COW 3/22/2021

HB0160   Election ballot order.                                                                    Burt                          H Third Reading: Failed 17-43-0-0 3/12/2021

HB0168   Sales and use tax application.                                                    Connolly                  H No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/24/2021

HB0171     Executive branch funding restoration.                                     Harshman                H Third Reading Failed 30-30-0-0 3/22/2021

HB0174    Local government sales and use taxes.                                   HEducation             H Third Reading: Failed 10-50-0-0  3/23/2021

HB0177    Education-understanding federal & state government        Haroldson               H No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/24/2021

HB0178   Voter registration requirements.                                                 Haroldson               H Did Not Consider for Introduction 3/8/2021

HB0182    Personal income tax.                                                                   Yin                             H No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/23/2021

HB0184    School finance-funding model revisions.                                Connolly                  H No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/22/2021

HB0191    Statewide mill levy for education.                                             Brown                      H Did Not Consider for Introduction 3/8/2021

HB0202*  State employees salary-suspension public health emergency  Styver               H Did Not Consider for Introduction 3/8/2021

HB0203    Small business relief.                                                                 Sherwood                 H  No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/22/2021

HB0206   Wyoming minimum wage.                                                         Provenza                 H Did Not Consider for Introduction 3/8/2021

HB0211    Property taxes.                                                                              Henderson              H No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/23/2021

HB0221*   State retirement plans-ad hoc payment.                                Harshman                H Did Not Consider for Introduction 3/8/2021

HB0222    Vacancies in elected offices.                                                     Harshman                H Did Not Consider for Introduction 3/8/2021

HB0224    Severance and sales and use taxes.                                        Harshman               H Did Not Consider for Introduction 3/8/2021 

HB0225    Primary election-party control.                                                 Jennings                 H Did Not Consider for Introduction 3/8/2021

HB0230    State health officer-governor appointment.                            Hunt                        H Did Not Consider for Introduction 3/8/2021

HB0234    Party affiliation changes.                                                             Neiman                  H Did Not Consider for Introduction 3/8/2021

HB0238    Elected attorney general-2.                                                       Heiner                    H Did Not Consider for Introduction 3/8/2021

HB0243    State accounts-elimination and transfer of funds.                 Harshman              H Did Not Consider for COW 3/22/2021

SF0020   Public records-personnel files.                                                   Judiciary                 S No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/24/2021

SF0065    Government waste, fraud and abuse.                                      James                      S No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/24/2021

SF0077    Legislator salary restrictions.                                                      James                      S No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/24/2021

SF0086   Attorney general-elected official.                                               Bouchard                S No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/24/2021

SF0095   Election of state health officer.                                                    Bouchard                S No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/19/2021

SF0097   State employee longevity pay-prospective repeal.                Hicks                        S No Report Prior to COW Cutoff 3/24/2021

SF0145    Election runoffs.                                                                             Biteman                   S Third Reading: Failed 3-26-1-0 3/24/2021

HJ0004    Recall of state elected officials-constitutional amendment.  Bear                       H Did Not Consider for Introduction 3/8/2021

HJ0006    Legislative budget session.                                                          Harshman             H Did Not Consider for Introduction 3/8/2021

HJ0010    Term limits-state elected officials.                                               Gray                       H Did Not Consider for Introduction 3/8/2021

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