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SF 128: Unborn victims of violence act

A bill that would have imposed separate penalties for the death of an unborn child during a crime against a pregnant woman has failed in the Wyoming Senate.

Senate File 128 was defeated on an 18-11 vote Monday.

Supporters say an unborn child should be considered a separate victim when a pregnant woman is killed by a criminal act.

But opponents say current state law already has enhanced penalties for the death of a pregnant woman.

— The Associated Press

SF 144: Medicaid and SNAP eligibility requirements

A proposal that would put work requirements on certain Medicaid and food assistance recipients in Wyoming has passed the state Senate.

Senate File 144 was approved Monday on a 23-5 vote. It now goes to the House for further debate.

The proposal would require able-bodied recipients of Medicaid (aged 19 to 64) to put in 20 hours a week through a combination of work, schooling, workforce training or volunteering. The requirements wouldn’t apply to someone who’s pregnant, a parent or guardian of a child age 6 or younger, or the primary caregiver of someone who has a serious medical condition or disability.

Legislative staff estimate about 3,200 people currently enrolled in Medicaid could be subject to the bill’s requirements.

— The Associated Press

Legislature won’t increase wind tax

Several proposals that would have raised taxes on wind energy in Wyoming have died in the state Legislature.

The bills included one to raise the $1 per megawatt hour tax to $4 per megawatt hour, and another to add $4 to the existing tax for a total of $5 per hour.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports a third proposal that would have imposed a five-year escalating tax also died.

The wind tax may still come up again in a different forum. Republican Sen. Cale Case, of Lander, has been a proponent of raising the tax for years and has encouraged an initiative attempt to put the wind tax on the ballot in 2020.

— The Associated Press

See JHNewsAndGuide.com/news/legislature for in-depth coverage of the 2019 Legislature. Track bills at WyoLeg.gov/Legislation/2019.

See JHNewsAndGuide.com/news/legislature for in-depth coverage of the 2019 Legislature. Track bills at WyoLeg.gov/Legislation/2019.

Cody Cottier covers town and state government. He grew up with a view of the Olympic Mountains, and after graduating Washington State University he traded it for a view of the Tetons. Odds are the mountains are where you’ll find him when not on deadline.

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