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CHEYENNE – Although it would be later than previously anticipated, Wyoming could still get its very own virtual currency.

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The Legislature’s Joint Revenue Committee spent almost half of its two-day meeting in Lander last week discussing whether Wyoming’s private-trust and limited-liability-company laws are prone to abuse by bad actors — tax evasion, tax avoidance, money laundering, shielding assets from creditor…

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Paul Vogelheim, a finance and manufacturing industry veteran and former chair of the Teton County Board of County Commissioners, announced Wednesday that he is running for the Wyoming House of Representatives.

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Rep. Andy Schwartz, a Democrat who has represented Wyoming’s District 23 since January 2015, will not run for re-election this fall.

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CASPER — The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Revenue Committee plans to examine how the state could make money off of certain, possibly nefarious, trust funds.

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CASPER —A bill that would ensure visitation rights for the loved ones of people in hospitals and long-term care facilities cleared the Wyoming House on Tuesday and has moved to the Senate.

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CASPER — A legislative proposal to spend federal relief money on expanding the operations of Wyoming’s two suicide prevention hotlines succeeded Friday in the Senate after two previous attempts were rejected by lawmakers.

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CHEYENNE — Lawmakers in the House failed to introduce a bill on the floor by Friday’s deadline that would have expanded Medicaid coverage for Wyoming residents. But that doesn’t mean the issue is dead for this session.

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From abortion to transgender rights to critical race theory, Rep. Andy Schwartz warned of a “growing split” in the Republican Party as he updated Teton County Democrats on the state of affairs in Cheyenne.

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CHEYENNE — Since state lawmakers received unofficial census numbers in August and official numbers in mid-September, the Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions committee has had seven meetings, while local and regional communities have hosted about 40 of their own meetings …

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The Wyoming Republican Party leadership’s recent vote to expel U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney intensified attention on a congressional race widely portrayed as a showdown between former President Donald Trump and his most consistent and vocal GOP critic.

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Select members of Gov. Mark Gordon’s “Strike Team” convened Friday afternoon for a virtual town hall discussion on the state’s approach to considering proposals and distributing the more-than $1.6 billion in federal funds the state is receiving through the American Rescue Plan Act.

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CHEYENNE — One bill dedicated to fighting the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate emerged Wednesday evening as the Wyoming Legislature ended a seven-day special session.

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Business leaders warned state senators Monday that legislation they’re drafting to fight a federal vaccine mandate could create chaos for airline services, hospitals, ski resorts, railroads, tech companies and other employers already on fragile footing from the pandemic.

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SHERIDAN — During a Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee meeting in Sheridan earlier this month, legislators agreed to forward a piece of legislation authorizing the creation of tourism improvement districts.

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CHEYENNE — Gov. Mark Gordon and the Wyoming Legislature are playing the long game when it comes to American Rescue Plan relief funding, mapping out a three-pronged plan that is centered around serving future generations of Wyomingites.

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As the Wyoming Legislature nears the end of its general session, many bills that could have impacted Teton County have failed — taxes, mostly, but also bills about health care, highways and sales of public lands.

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CHEYENNE — A bill to protect journalists from having to disclose their anonymous sources during lawsuits was defeated by a Senate committee Friday morning, meaning Wyoming will remain one of two states without some version of a shield law in place.

Sen. Mike Gierau (D)

Sen. Mike Gierau (D) was elected to Wyoming Senate District 17 (Teton County) in 2018. He serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee and is minority caucus chair. He previously represented House District 16 (Teton County) for two years, from 2016 to 2018. Gierau 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.
Cell: (307) 413-0109
Email: Mike.Gierau@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 and 2018. He serves on the House Appropriations Committee. 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 Yin (D)

Rep. Mike Yin (D) was elected to Wyoming House District 16 (Teton County) in 2018. He serves on the Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee, as well as the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee. Yin is Wyoming’s first Chinese-American state legislator. He has served on the START board since 2017.
Cell: (307) 201-9897
Email: Mike.Yin@wyoleg.gov

Rep. Jim Roscoe (I)

Rep. Jim Roscoe (I) was elected to Wyoming House District 22 (Lincoln/Sublette/Teton) in 2018. He serves on the Revenue Committee, as well as the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee. Roscoe is the first independent to serve in Wyoming’s state Legislature since 1978. He previously represented the same district as a Democrat for four years, from 2009 to 2013.
Cell: (307) 730-5389
Email: Jim.Roscoe@wyoleg.gov

Sen. Dan Dockstader (R)

Sen. Dan Dockstader (R) is the president of the Wyoming Senate. He serves on the Legislature’s Management Council, and Senate Rules and Procedure Committee. Dockstader has served in the Wyoming Senate since 2009, and previously served one term in the Wyoming House. His district covers parts of Teton, Lincoln and Sublette Counties. Dockstader lives in Afton.
Home: 307-885-9705
Email: Dan.Dockstader@wyoleg.gov