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Since the Wyoming Legislature approved a package of bills that made it the first state to recognize the use of cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, and blockchain technology, 170 new companies have registered with the secretary of state’s office.

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Local attorney, rancher and Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees Chairwoman Kate Mead announced she will run for the Wyoming state Senate.

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Awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court, which is expected any day now, Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., came out in support of legislation that would allow states to tax online and mail-order sales.

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After extending the 2018 session for two days to finalize the state’s biennial budget, the Wyoming Legislature completed its business late Thursday night.

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The Wyoming Legislature extended its budget session this year so it could continue its debate on capital construction and education funding. As specified in the Wyoming Constitution, however, it is allowed only an additional three days.

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After 10 amendments Sen. Leland Christensen’s controversial bill enacting heavy fines for trespassing on critical infrastructure, passed late Friday night in the Wyoming Legislature's House by a vote of 36 to 23.

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Deficit-strapped Wyoming expects as much as $500 million in revenue from its $10 billion investment portfolio, but the state House and Senate are squabbling over how — or whether — the money should be appropriated.

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Several bills designed to make Wyoming a nationwide leader in virtual currency are quickly moving through the Wyoming Legislature.

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Even though Rep. Andy Schwartz is a Democrat from Teton County, legislative leadership appointed him to the Joint Conference Committee tasked with merging the House and Senate versions of the state budget bill.

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The Wyoming Republican Party’s State Central Committee nominated three people Saturday to fill the vacant secretary of state position left by Ed Murray after he resigned following a pair of sexual misconduct accusations.

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Last summer Gov. Matt Mead said time and again that the time to diversify Wyoming’s economy and broaden its tax base is when the price of oil is below $50 a barrel.

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Several revenue bills, including a statewide lodging tax bill and a real estate transfer tax, were thrown out Friday night by the Wyoming House of Representative before they were debated, failing to win the necessary two-thirds vote for introduction by Friday’s deadline.

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With just 30 days to complete the state’s biennial budget, bills require a two-thirds vote just to reach the floor for debate during budget sessions of the Wyoming Legislature. As such non-revenue related bills can have a short shelf life.

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Though the Joint Revenue Committee failed to submit a proposal for a 1 percent statewide leisure and hospitality tax Tuesday, just hours before the deadline for submitting draft bills the Management Council put forth a tax bill of its own.

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Many on the ENDOW executive council tasked with creating a 20-year strategy to diversify Wyoming’s economy did not expect their efforts to produce results quickly, but just one year in, tangible progress is being felt.

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Every Wyoming politician is saying the same thing: We must diversify the state economy to break the boom-and-bust cycles associated with the minerals industry and create a more stable source of funding for government services.

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Statewide computer science standards, expanded commercial air travel, improved broadband internet, new startups and attracting federal grants are parts of a recommended $36 million plan to diversify Wyoming’s economy.

Sen. Leland Christensen (R)

Sen. Leland Christensen (R) was first elected to represent Senate District 17 (Teton County) in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014 when he ran unopposed. He currently serves as chairman of the Senate judiciary committee, a position he’s held since 2015, as well as being a member of the Wyoming Court Security Commission, the Senate Transpiration, Highways, and Military Affairs committee, Senate committee on capital financing and investments, and the Select natural resource funding committee.
Cell: (307) 353-8204
Email: Leland.christensen@wyoleg.gov

Rep. Marti Halverson (R)

Rep. Marti Halverson (R) was first elected to the Wyoming House District 22 (Lincoln/Sublette/Teton) in 2012 and was re-elected in 2014 and 2016. She currently serves on the House Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee, the House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee and the Interstate Compact for Juveniles. She was also elected to be a Republican National Committeewoman for Wyoming in 2012.
Cell: (307) 413-5236
Email: Marti.Halverson@wyoleg.gov

Rep. Andy Schwartz (D)

Rep. Andy Schwartz (D) was first elected to Wyoming House District 23 (Teton County) in 2014 and won re-election in 2016 when he ran unopposed. He currently serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee. Along with his colleague Mike Gierau, Schwartz is just one of nine democrats in the Wyoming House of Representatives. He also served 11 years as a Teton County Commissioner from 2001 to 2012.
Cell: (307) 413-6464
Email: Andy.Schwartz@wyoleg.gov

Rep. Mike Gierau (D)

Rep. Mike Gierau (D) was elected to Wyoming House District 16 (Teton County) in 2016 when he ran unopposed. He serves on the House Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee, the House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee and the Journal Committee. He also served four years as a Jackson Town Councilor, from 1988 to 1992, and six years as a Teton County Commissioner, from 2007 to 2013 and was selected as one of four Wyoming superdelegates to attend the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Cell: (307) 413-0109
Email: Mike.Gierau@wyoleg.gov