See below for information on policy and legislation impacting Wyoming’s women and girls. We partner with the Equality State Policy Center to ensure we are sharing the most up-to-date information on bills impacting the economic well-being of women and families.

The 2017 Wyoming Legislative Session began January 10th. We will be adding bills each week as they are introduced to the house and senate. Visit the Wyoming Legislative Service Office for more information.

Sponsored By: Joint Judiciary Interim Committee
AN ACT relating to sex offender registration; providing for registration and reporting fees as specified; creating the sex offender registration account; requiring rulemaking; establishing penalties; and providing for an effective date. Bill tracking information.

 

Sponsored By: Representative(s) Lone, Blackburn, Brown and Olsen
AN ACT relating to domestic relations; providing grounds and procedures for terminating alimony or other allowance; requiring provisions in a court’s alimony decree; requiring notice of remarriage or death of a party; specifying applicability of provisions; and providing for an effective date. Bill tracking information.

 

Sponsored By: Representative(s) Lindholm, Clem, Laursen and Pelkey and Senator(s) Boner and Hicks
AN ACT relating to domestic relations; removing the requirement for obtaining a marriage license prior to the solemnization of a marriage; conforming provisions; and providing for an effective date. Bill tracking information.

 

Sponsored By: Representative(s) Steinmetz, Clem, Edwards, Gray, Halverson, Jennings, Lone, Piiparinen and Winters and Senator(s) Agar, Kinskey and Meier
AN ACT relating to abortions; amending the definition of “viability” to include the ability to feel pain; prohibiting the sale or transfer of any aborted child or cells or tissue from an aborted child for experimentation; and providing for an effective date. Bill tracking information.

 

Sponsored By: Representative(s) Clem, Biteman, Edwards, Gray, Hallinan, Jennings, Laursen, Lone, Piiparinen, Salazar, Steinmetz and Winters and Senator(s) Barnard, Dockstader and Meier
AN ACT relating to abortions; establishing additional requirements for abortion reporting; providing for a public report of abortion statistics; providing penalties for failure to report as required; specifying acts not meeting reporting requirements are acts of unprofessional conduct; and providing for an effective date.  Bill tracking information.

 

HOUSE BILL NO. HB0153-Parental rights.
Sponsored by: Representative(s) Jennings, Baker, Biteman, Blake, Brown, Clem, Dayton, Edwards, Eklund, Lindholm, Loucks, McKim, Steinmetz and Winters and Senator(s) Baldwin, Barnard, Bebout, Case and Kinskey
AN ACT relating to parents; providing for a parental right  to direct the upbringing, education and care of a child;  providing applicability; and providing for an effective  date.

 

Sponsored by: Representative(s) Jennings, Biteman, Blackburn, Clem, Court, Edwards, Gray, Halverson, Lone, Madden, McKim, Miller, Pownall, Salazar, Steinmetz and Winters and Senator(s) Dockstader and Meier
 AN ACT relating to public benefits; conditioning eligibility for public benefits on lawful presence in the  United States; requiring verification of lawful presence in  the United States upon application for public benefits;  providing a penalty; and providing for an effective date
WHY THIS MATTERS: Anyone over the age of 14 must be in the state lawfully (a legal resident) and be able to prove it to receive any state benefits. Under federal law, undocumented immigrants are prohibited from receiving most  public benefits.  They are generally allowed receive emergency services, health care and any programs that are necessary to protect life and safety.  This bill would deny those benefits.

 

Sponsored by: Representative(s) Connolly and Halverson
AN ACT relating to employment; providing for a study and a  report on wage and benefit disparities; and providing for  an effective date.

 

Sponsored by: Representative(s) Blackburn, Jennings, Olsen and Winters and Senator(s) Driskill
AN ACT relating to crimes and offenses; creating the crimes of drug induced infant homicide and drug induced infant abuse; amending definition of abuse for provisions related to child protective services as specified; providing  enhanced penalties in cases where a person delivers  controlled substances to a pregnant woman; providing for presumptions and affirmative defenses; providing penalties; and providing for an effective date.
WHY THIS MATTERS: This bill criminalizes women who use a controlled substance during their pregnancy by alleging homicide or  infant endangerment.  These are felony crimes that could mean imprisonment.  This may drive women away from both drug and alcohol treatment and prenatal and infant care.

 

HB216 – Sexual assault -custody rights 

Sponsored by: Representative(s) Blackburn, Edwards, Jennings, Lindholm, Lone, Miller, Olsen, Pelkey, Piiparinen and Winters and Senator(s) Driskill, Hastert and Meier
AN ACT relating to child custody and visitation; prohibiting the granting of custody, visitation or access  to records to persons who have committed sexual assault as  specified; providing applicability; and providing for an  effective date.

 

Sponsored by: Representative(s) Wilson, Clem and Steinmetz and Senator(s) Meier
AN ACT relating to public health; amending enforcement and  penalties for violation of public health laws; amending a felony offense related to sale of organs or body parts; amending requirements for obtaining blood samples from pregnant women; amending abortion reporting; creating a criminal offense for false reporting on an abortion form; repealing penalties; conforming provisions; and providing for an effective date.
WHY THIS MATTERS: This bill raises the fines and penalties for violation of reporting, including reporting on abortion.

 

Sponsored by: Representative(s) Connolly
AN ACT relating to child support; amending child support  guidelines; making conforming amendments; repealing  provisions related to abatements; and providing for an  effective date.

 

SF0054 – Military Spouse – Hiring Preference
Sponsored By: Joint Transportation, Highways & Military Affairs Interim Committee

AN ACT relating to military affairs; providing hiring preference in public employment for military spouses as specified; providing applicability; and providing for an effective date. Bill tracking information.

 

Sponsored By: Joint Transportation, Highways & Military Affairs Interim Committee
AN ACT relating to fair employment practices; defining discriminatory or unfair employment practices to include discrimination on the basis of a person’s status as married to an active duty military service member; and providing for an effective date.  Bill tracking information.

 

SF0060 – Antelope hunts – complimentary licenses

Sponsored By: Senator(s) Anderson and Ellis and Representative(s) Byrd, Larsen and Walters
AN ACT relating to game and fish; providing that the commission may issue licenses for one (1) additional special antelope hunt per year; and providing for an effective date. Bill tracking information.

 

Sponsored By: Senator(s) Boner, Driskill, Landen and Wasserburger and Representative(s) Barlow, Clausen, Kirkbride and Lindholm
AN ACT relating to crimes and offenses; creating a new sexual assault offense; specifying elements of the offense; specifying penalties; limiting defenses as specified; modifying the definition of position of authority; and providing for an effective date.

 

Sponsored By: Senator(s) Landen, Boner, Ellis and Pappas and Representative(s) Blake, Brown, Dayton, Kinner, Pelkey and Pownall
AN ACT relating to crimes and offenses; amending penalties for stalking as specified; specifying conduct that constitutes felony stalking; amending a definition; and providing for an effective date. Bill tracking information.

 

Sponsored By: Senator(s) Rothfuss and Representative(s) Connolly
AN ACT relating to Medicaid; requiring collaboration concerning the expansion of Medicaid eligibility; authorizing the expansion of Medicaid eligibility as specified; requiring reports and notice as specified; and providing for an effective date.
WHAT IT MEANS: Requires the Governor and the state to work with the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage to certain lower income groups

 

Sponsored by: Senator(s) Nethercott, Anderson, Anselmi-Dalton, Emerich, Rothfuss and Scott and Representative(s) Barlow, Connolly and Lindholm
AN ACT relating to family planning; authorizing family planning and birth control information and services provided by the department of health to include long acting reversible contraceptives; creating an account to fund the provision of long acting reversible contraceptives as specified; specifying eligibility; and providing for an effective date.

 

Sponsored by: Senator(s) Hicks, Christensen and Driskill and Representative(s) Lindholm, Miller and Steinmetz
A JOINT RESOLUTION proposing to amend the Wyoming  Constitution to prohibit discrimination against and to ban  preferential treatment to groups or individuals based on  their race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin for  public employment, public education or public contracting purposes.
WHAT IT MEANS:  This resolution would require the Wyoming Constitution to be amended to not allow any “discrimination” “preferential treatment” to any group or individual that has been previously protected because of race, sex, color, or national origin – this is a contrarily titled resolution that may be simply trying to do away with any civil rights protections for anyone including women.