The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee last week sponsored a major re-write of the statutes that govern the commitment of the mentally ill. Teton County’s State Representative and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Keith Gingery says this has become a heavily discussed issue around the nation especially in light of recent violent episodes involving individuals that may have slipped through the system. Gingery explains, “This has been a conversation that has been going on across the nation as to how to improve our mental health system, to make sure that those that are in need of assistance are receiving that assistance; so that you don’t see episodes that you see in some of these more violent cases across the nation.” H says hopefully through some of these changes in the statutes we will be able to assist those people and get them the help that they need. Gingery says the committee also has proposed three other bills that will hopefully close some loopholes in the area of domestic violence and help bring safety and security to those victims of violence. The Wyoming Legislature convenes for its so-called “short session” February 10th at which time it will primarily focus on budget issues. However, Gingery says the Judiciary Committee was directed to bring proposals on mental health law revisions for consideration during the session.