WTIC Looks At Legislative Priorities
How does the Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition see the upcoming two-month Wyoming Legislative Session affecting tourism?
Your association, with your feedback, has met this year with the Governor, congressional delegation and many legislators in order to determine how to make your voice heard. Special attention is being paid to the Wyoming House of Representatives where 23 of the 60 members are new and only 62% have served for two or more years. Your association has visited with almost all the new members.
While Wyoming is not having the extreme budget crisis of other states, Wyoming’s executive and legislative branch leadership are trimming expenses by reducing the budget allocations of all agencies by an average of 6.5% (some more and some less).
Beginning Monday, January 14, WTIC will send you a weekly legislative update. The session began January 8 and ends March . All new bills must be introduced by January 23 in the Senate and January 28 in the House—that is only 2 and a half weeks after the session begins. A bill must pass out of its House of Origin by February 4, only 4 weeks after the session begins.
WTIC members will receive weekly legislative updates on Mondays. Priority issues so far are Monitoring the Governors budget cuts, particularly with the Wyoming Office of Tourism, oppose any attempts for a statewide lodging tax, support adequate funding for highways, support an optional contribution through ATM fees for Wyoming State Parks and support the increase for Wyoming Game and Fish fees.
How to keep up with the session and contact legislators. Click here