This was the week of the crossover. Bills that have passed the House are now being heard in the Senate – and bills that have passed the Senate are being heard in the House. Of the 503 pieces of legislation that were filed, only 289 are still moving through the process. A number of these will not make it to the Governor’s desk.
HB58 – WyIN passed out of the Senate LHSS Committee and is on General File in the Senate. It will probably be heard this week.
The Senate Opioid Bills are still sitting in the House LHSS committee list of bills that have not been heard yet.
Monday also brought the end of House Bill 244, which sought to expand Medicaid in Wyoming and put a work requirement and an opt-out option for the state in case the federal government stopped paying its promised 90 percent of expansion. However, Senate File 146, which would study Medicaid Expansion (again) is through the Senate, House LHSS and is now in Appropriations. There is a 260,000.00 appropriation for this study which would be done by the Dept. of Insurance. A number of Medicaid Expansion studies have been done through the Dept. of Health already.
The ping-pong that is the location of a proposed VA Skilled Nursing Facility continued this week. The House had passed the bill with the facility location as Buffalo, but the Senate Transportation Committee amended it back to Casper. This bill now goes back to the floor with few guarantees that the facility’s location stays in Casper and a slight chance that it doesn’t get built in Wyoming at all if the House and Senate can’t agree on it location.
Even though the session is still ongoing, legislators are looking for topics to be studied during the interim – the time between sessions. Organizations are encouraged to submit ideas in the next couple of weeks. These submissions are considered during the last week of the session, when all bills are out of committee and are on the Senate or House floor.
It is important for EVERYONE to reach out to their legislator to encourage support for bills that will be coming up in the House or Senate.