The Legislative Session begins Feb. 10, 2014 and ends around March 7, 2014.
Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition Positions
- Support Gov. Mead's recommended funding for the Wyoming Office of Tourism.
- Support the current local option lodging tax law with no changes
- WTIC opposes any changes the existing successful local option lodging tax law that has been adopted in either a city or by the county in every Wyoming county. $8 million is currently raised through the lodging tax for tourism promotion in local communities. This supplements the $13.5 million a year spent by private companies for promotion and the Wyoming Travel and Tourism annual budget of $12.5 million.
Additional Positions taken in the past 3 years
- Support the Wyoming Air Service Enhancement Program
- Support adequate funding for state highways.
- Support adequate funding for state roads around state parks and historic sites.
- (Support) State Historic Sites Appropriation
- For capital construction, interpretation, consulting and operations and maintenance of our historic sites in jeopardy statewide.
- (Support) Cultural Heritage and Tourism Areas
- The purpose of the proposed legislation is to identify, enhance and promote the historic, recreational, cultural, natural and scenic resources of the state and to stimulate community sustainability and economic development through tourism.
- (Support) Workforce Development Training Fund from the Wyoming Workforce Services Department
- Training funds for businesses for training potential and existing workers.
- (Support) Wyoming Wildlife Trust Fund
- Support the Governors recommendation to administer the fund and oppose any attempt to raid the fund corpus
- (Support) Funding for the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission
- Existing non-game program with a general biennium appropriation of $1.2 million to support sensitive species programs in all 23 Wyoming counties.
- (Oppose) Illegal Immigration legislation at the state level since immigration is regulated by the federal government. WTIC will study any legislation drafted, work with legislators interested in the issue and provide feedback on any proposals.
How WTIC takes positions on federal and state legislative issues
A board member proposes a possible position. A majority vote of board members present moves a possible position forward to the membership. If a majority of those WTIC members responding approve the position, it is added to the WTIC list of approved positions.