66th Wyoming Legislature

Select General Session Bills

Status: Failed

Summary: Prohibits employers from requiring employees to be silent about their wages, or punishing the employee for speaking about it.

Why it matters: Wage transparency is a proven and effective way to close the gender wage gap.

Workplace transparency act - 2

Status: Laid back indefinitely

Summary: Prohibits employers from requiring employees to be silent about their wages, or punishing the employee for speaking about it.

Why it matters: Wage transparency is a proven and effective way to close the gender wage gap.

Status: S did not consider by deadline

Summary: Expands the Medicaid health insurance program to cover low income adults.

Why it matters: Wyoming Department of Health estimates that women will comprise the largest number of enrollees, especially working women under 35.

Status: Passed House 32-28-0-0, Failed Senate Labor 2-3

Summary: Would expand Medicaid health insurance coverage to an additional 25,000 Wyomingites.

Why it matters: Women are disproportionately affected by lack of access to healthcare. Wyoming Department of Health estimates women will be the largest group of enrollees.

Status: Passed

Summary: AN ACT relating to elections; modifying the definition of acceptable identification

Why it matters: Voter ID laws frequently disenfranchise women from exercising their right to vote

Status: Failed pursuant to HR 5-4

Summary: If passed, this bill would provide felony penalties for anyone--including doctors and pharmacists--prescribing or dispensing certain FDA approved medications.

Why it matters: The FDA approved drugs listed in the bill are only prescribed to women.

Human heartbeat protection act

Status: Failed pursuant to HR 5-4

Summary: Seeks to overturn Roe v Wade.

Why it matters: As with several other bills filed this session, state legislators actively filing bills with the stated intention of contravening settled law should rightly be seen as worrisome.

Status: Passed

Summary: Would put in statute a definition of personhood conferring the same status on an embryo or fetus as the woman carrying the embryo or fetus.

Why it matters: Has significant implications for providing appropriate care to pregnant women.

Status: Failed pursuant to HR 5-4

Summary: Providing for the carrying of concealed weapons as specified; clarifying that only the state legislature may regulate firearms, weapons and ammunition. 

Why it matters: The majority of the workforce in schools and hospitals are women. This would prevent those employers from creating gun free zones in already high-stress venues.

Status: Failed pursuant to HR 5-4

Summary: Clarifies that HB34 Youthful offender program - amendments expands the program to include women.

Why it matters: The debate about the language of construction continues! Only "he" is an acceptable pronoun in statute even though this program is for women.

Status: Speaker signed House Enrolled Act No. 0003

Summary: AN ACT relating to the youthful offender program; amending the program name, eligibility requirements and programming emphases

Why it matters: Provides women access to the bootcamp program which can reduce their sentence. For more, read this column in the Casper Star Tribune.

Status: Failed, H did not consider for introduction

Summary: Raises the state minimum wage to $15.00 from $5.15 - the lowest in the nation. Eliminates tipped minimum wage.

Why it matters: Nearly 75% of all minimum wage workers in Wyoming are women. Under this proposal, 60,000 working women in Wyoming would get a raise.

 

Policy Positions

Repeal of the Tampon Tax

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Paycheck Fairness Act

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​A Paycheck Fairness Act, modeled on federal efforts, would include:

  • Protect against retaliation for discussing salaries.

  • Prohibit employers from requiring salary history during the interview and hiring process.

  • Require employers to prove that pay disparities exist for legitimate, job-related reasons.

  • Create negotiation skills programs for women & girls.

Minimum Wage

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According to recent economic reports:

  • Raising the minimum wage benefits the nation's lowest wage workers and yields benefits for employers and businesses. 

  • Higher wages for lower earners decrease employee turnover.

  • According to the Economic Policy Institute, 7 of 10 minimum wage workers in Wyoming are women.

  • In Wyoming, DWS recommends raising the minimum wage to help close the gender wage gap.

Pro-Voter Policies

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Session Schedule

Committee Meetings

​January 19 to 21 Three days of virtual standing committee meetings to consider and take public testimony on the assigned bills. No physical location for the committee meetings. Bills will be reported out with amendments as determined by the committee.

Eight-Day Session

January 27 through February 5 Eight-day virtual session. JCCs on all bills are completed; Presiding officers introduce and refer some bills to standing committees to work the week of February 22.

Three-Day Session

Week of February 22 Up to three days of standing committee meetings to consider bills referred.

DEADLINE: Budget Bill available to the Public no later than February 22nd.

General Session

March 1 through April 2 General Session 

The session will be held in person if health metrics allow.