Two weeks into the Wyoming Legislature’s general session, bills are being debated in both chambers on a variety of topics, and Teton County residents can watch and comment from home.
Testifying at the state capitol used to be an arduous process, involving a drive to Cheyenne, usually through ice and snow. A lot of things to come out of the pandemic have been terrible, but one positive is that the Wyoming Legislature now allows virtual testimony.
The schedule of meetings and sessions can be found at www.WyoLeg.gov; click on the “Legislative Meetings” link under calendars. To testify, go to the calendar and find the committee or chamber where you’d like to speak. At the right of the screen is a button that says “testify.” Clicking on that will take you to the Zoom meeting in which you can say your piece.
Once in the meeting, use the raise hand feature and when the time for public comment arises, staff will allow you to speak. You must have your video and microphone turned on to give public comment. Once you’re done, the staff will mute you again.
If you just want to watch, the government is asking you to watch on its YouTube channel. Those are available by clicking on the links to watch a floor session or committee meeting live.
On Monday, the House of Representatives is slated to take action on subjects including: establishing elk feedground closing requirements, authorizing online sports wagering, outlawing bestiality, making revenge porn illegal, creating a shield law for journalists and increasing the state tobacco tax and fuel tax.
The Wyoming Senate will debate things like abortion, charter schools, voyeurism, airport districts and self-driving vehicles. Senators also will discuss repealing the death penalty, making the absence of a seat belt a primary offense and repealing gun-free zones.