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State Legislation Moves Across The Capitol

February 24, 2014 Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming, Teton County, Town of Jackson No Comments
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Friday was the deadline for bills in the Wyoming Legislature to pass out of their houses of origin and onto the other side of the capitol.  However, Teton County Representative Keith Gingery says nearly 30 bills on General File in the house died Friday when they failed to see action – that, he says, is considerably more than normal.  One bill Gingery has been working on that died would have treated fraudulent use of debit cards just as credit card fraud is prosecuted now.  He says debate over the budget is what dominated the legislator’s’ time with one issue in particular impacting Teton County.  Gingery explains that there is about $175-million going to local governments, but there have been arguments regarding how that money should be distributed.  He says the city of Laramie believes they should receive more than other towns since they don’t have as large of a tax-base.  The formula that has been amended into the bill reallocated a sizable amount that would have been coming to Jackson to go instead to Laramie.  Gingery says the delegates from here have been arguing strongly against that. Two bills that have passed over to the Senate are the bill pertaining to the land transfer in Grand Teton National Park and the bill to raise the speed limit on some parts of the interstate to 80 miles per hour.

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