Tag Archives: Senate

Wyoming Cigarette Tax Won’t Go Up

A bill that would have increased the cigarette tax in Wyoming was defeated last week in a State Senate Committee. The bill would have increased the taxes paid on a pack of cigarettes from 60 to 90 cents. The bill faced oppositions from both sides, with convenience store owners worried the Continue reading

Trump Voids “Job Killing” Coal Regulation

The “Stream Protection Rule”, which was issued by Barack Obama as one of his last acts as president, has been voided by President Trump.  The rule was intended to protect steams and waterways from the impact of surface coal Continue reading

Should Feminine Hygiene Products Be Taxed?

Colorado women may soon be exempt from paying taxes on feminine hygiene products if a bill is passed out of the State Legislature. House Bill 1127, which was passed out of the House Financial Committee Monday, would exclude tampons, menstrual pads, panty-liners, menstrual sponges, and menstrual cups from being Continue reading

Texting And Driving Fine May Go Up

A measure that would increase the fines associated with texting and driving in Colorado passed out of a State Senate committee yesterday. The measure would increase the fine for texting and driving in Colorado  from $50 to $300. Drivers will still be able to text under certain circumstances, like when they are Continue reading

Online Sales Tax May Be Coming To Wyoming

Wyomingites may soon have to pay taxes on online purchases. A bill passed out of a Wyoming State Senate Committee yesterday would require online retailers to collect sales tax on purchases from the states residents and return the money to the state. Online businesses with fewer than 200 purchases or Continue reading

Changes To Wyoming Early Retirement?

Some state employees may soon be eligible for early retirement in Wyoming. The State Senate passed a bill yesterday establishing new criteria under which state employees could qualify for early retirement. The bill, which went through considerable revisions during the legislative process, would Continue reading

Trump Nominates Coloradan To Supreme Court

President Donald Trump nominated 4th generation Coloradan, Neil Gorsuch, as his choice to fill the open position on the U.S. Supreme Court. If approved by the Senate, Gorsuch would occupy the seat previously held by Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away last year.  Gorsuch would be the first judge from Colorado to sit on Continue reading

Ticket Costs For Texting And Driving May Go Up

The costs for getting caught texting and driving may be going up in Colorado. A State Senate committee is discussing a bill that would increase penalties associated with texting and driving from $50, to $500. A Colorado Department of Transportation study found that one in ten fatal crashes that occurred in 2015 involved a distracted driver, and in Continue reading

Age-Appropriate Marijuana Education In CO Schools?

A State Senate bill that would institute age-appropriate education about the risks of underage marijuana use in Colorado schools, passed out of committee yesterday. The bill was co-sponsored by Senator Randy Baumgardner. If passed, a curriculum would be developed for public schools to provide education materials on marijuana related Continue reading

Wyoming Concealed Carry Bills Advance

Bills that would allow people to carry concealed weapons in government buildings, public meetings, and on state college campuses in Wyoming, advanced Tuesday out of a house judicial committee.  Proponents of the bills say they would allow the people to Continue reading

No More Death Penalty In Colorado?

A Bill has been introduced in the Colorado Senate to do away with the death penalty in the State.  The bill introduced by Senate Minority Leader Democrat Lucia Guzman would repeal the death penalty as a potential punishment for crimes committed after June 30th 2017.  As Republicans have a slight majority in the Senate Continue reading

US House Looks To Nullify Obama Regulations

Two bills were passed by the US House of Representatives last week aimed at rolling back regulations instituted by President Obama in the final months of his presidency. Both could have major implications on the economy of Northwest Colorado.  The Midnight Rules Relief Act will allow congress to review and void the regulations Continue reading