Legislative Leaders Sponsor Bill To Address Hill Decision
The Management Council of the Wyoming State Legislature took further steps Monday to expand their options, including the possibility of a special session to address the recent decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Senate File 104.The Management Council, comprised of top legislative leaders, unanimously sponsored a bill that outlines the process by which the special session could occur. It also requires a study to be conducted by a legislative Super Committee consisting of the Management Council and the co-chairman of the Joint Appropriations Committee and Joint Education Committee. The study must be completed on or before 90 days after the district court ruling has become final.
With potentially numerous statutes impacted by the passage of SF 104, including the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget bill, legislators requested sufficient time to untangle interwoven statutes and work with the Joint Appropriations Committee and the Joint Education Committee. Leadership stated that the current 20-day Legislative session must be focused on prioritizing the State’s budget needs, and that a separate special session will be necessary to address SF 104.
The bill will require two-thirds approval in the Senate, where it will then go through the regular legislative process. The last day to file bills for introduction is Wednesday, February 12, 2014.