Cheyenne Snowstorm

Rep. Mike Yin, D-Teton, dug out his driveway in Cheyenne, but the Wyoming Legislature remains canceled Tuesday after a severe winter storm closed roads all around the Capitol.

The winter storm that dropped 2-plus feet of snow in Cheyenne and other parts of southern and eastern Wyoming has closed the Wyoming Legislature for a second day. 

The Wyoming Senate and House of Representatives did not meet Monday and will not meet again Tuesday. 

What the schedule will look like when the Legislature resumes remains to be seen.

"I don't think a decision has been made," said Rep. Mike Yin, D-Teton. "Either we'll work through one or two Saturdays, or we will work the beginning of the week of April 5."

Sen. Mike Gierau, D-Teton, said the decision to cancel legislative work Tuesday was made out of concern about losing a day. The Wyoming Constitution gives the state Legislature 90 days to work every two years.

"The roads are still all closed," Gierau said. "Staff members that live outside of town couldn't get into town, and we were afraid that if we tried a virtual session tomorrow we would've lost a legislative day."

But, he added, "if we don't start it doesn't count against us."

Monday was set to start with the House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee considering a slate of bills concerning abortion. Numerous committee meetings on other bills and regular floor debate was scheduled for the remainder of Monday and all day Tuesday. Gierau said he wasn't sure when, exactly, the topics scheduled for Monday and Tuesday would be revisited.

There's talk of pushing Monday's meetings to Wednesday, but Gierau said the best thing to do is to keep an eye on the schedule on the Wyoming Legislature's website.

You can find a link to that schedule here.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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