Wyoming Legislature

Rep. Clark Stith, center, and other legislators are sworn in during the opening session of the 67th Wyoming Legislature in the House Chambers on Tuesday in Cheyenne.

Teton County lawmakers have convened in Cheyenne to work on issues such as property tax relief, abortion access and state land use, but they will do so in a Wyoming Legislature deeply divided between conservatives and ultra-conservatives.

Legislators outlined their priorities last week in meetings with the Jackson Town Council, Teton County Board of County Commissioners and the public. But as the Legislature opened its 40-day general session Tuesday, new Speaker of the House Albert Sommers, a Republican from neighboring Sublette County, sounded a note of alarm.

Wyoming Legislature

Rep. Mike Yin, D-Jackson, speaks at the Wyoming State Capitol in January beside Speaker of the House Albert Sommers, R-Pinedale, during the opening of the 67th Wyoming Legislature.

Contact Sophia Boyd-Fliegel at county@jhnewsandguide or 307-732-7063.

Sophia covers county politics, housing, and workforce issues. A Pacific Coast devotee, she grew up in Washington, studied in California and has worked in Oregon and Alaska.

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