Senator Curt Meier, Chairman of the Joint Transportation, Highways, and Military Affairs Interim Committee, announced the committee will meet on December 12-13 in Room UU322 at Casper College to discuss draft legislation.
According to the meeting agenda, which can be viewed here, the committee will take up several issues relevant to treasurers on Monday, December 12th. The committee will discuss:
- 9:45 am — Vehicle Registration Compliance: Draft legislation on Vehicle Registration – Penalties and Vehicle Registration, Rebuttable Presumption
Both of those bill drafts are centered around penalizing Wyoming citizens that avoid sales tax or registration fees by registering vehicles out of state.
- 11:00 am — Yellowstone License Plates
There has been a movement to create a Yellowstone license plate to improve Wyoming’s identity with Yellowstone Park, especially since Montana already has a Yellowstone plate. The license plate model would be similar to the UW one, where the vehicle owner pays a significant fee that goes towards the Park’s benefit.
The Joint Interim Revenue Committee met on Friday, November 18th and agreed to sponsor several bills in the legislative session.
The bills included one to hold Notice of Valuation Changes under $10,000 and only process them once a year, waiving interest on any amounts due. A second bill would fund a study to change the method minerals are valued to one using the “discounted cash flow.”
A third bill shifts the responsibility for reporting oil and gas production from the “taxpayer” or well owner to the “operator” of the well, defined as the person responsible for the day-to-day operation of the property.
The working drafts of the bills can be read here.
The WCTA Spring Meeting in Newcastle is fast approaching and President Faircloth and the education committee have been tirelessly working on putting the schedule together.
So, here is the tentative schedule of events:
Monday, May 16:
1:00 – 4:00 Tyler Technologies User’s Meeting
4:30 Beaver Creek Loop Tour (meet at Anna Miller Museum to get on bus)
5:30 – 8:30 Icebreaker – Canyon Springs Stage Stop Steakhouse – Cook out
Tuesday, May 17:
8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 Call to Order, Pledge, Welcome, Announcements, Introductions
WYDOT, Kim Lovett – DOR
10:00 – 10:15 Break
11:00 – 12:00 State Treasurer Honorable Mark Gordon and Staff
12:00 Lunch Break
1:00 WCTA Business Meeting
2:00 Unfinished Business
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 New Business
6:00 Banquet and Entertainment
Wednesday, May 18
8:00 Special Purpose Excise Tax, Kim Lovett
1:00 Public Officer Training Part 1
Thursday, May 19
8:00 Public Officer Training Part 2
10:00 Continue Public Officer Training Part 2
2:00 Peer Knowledge Sharing
3:30 Fraud and Internal Controls
The 2016 Legislative Budget Session will begin on Monday, February 8th at 10:00 am. Legislators have begun to file bills to be considered for the session.
As usual, the association will track the legislation using this spreadsheet.
Also, the WCTA will meet in Cheyenne on February 16th and 17th. The 16th will be training and education while the 17th will be to discuss the bills on file and take positions as necessary.
The Interim Joint Transportation Committee will meet on November 12 in Room L54 at the Jonah Business building in Cheyenne.
The agenda has been posted.
During the afternoon session, the committee will discuss Abandoned Vehicles and consider 16LSO-0123, a draft on shell businesses to address the issue of LLCs that are created to avoid sales tax on high value vehicles.
Once a draft of the shell business bill is available, it will be linked here.
Ed Starke, with the Wyoming Livestock Board, has released the quarterly Predator Fee Distribution from July – Sept 15.
Here’s the Report
There are a few upcoming meetings of the legislative committees that you may want to attend:
June 1-2, Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, Douglas – Agenda
August 25-26, Central Wyoming College, Riverton
November 12-13, Location TBA, Laramie
May 19-20, Rawlins Music Academy, Rawlins – Agenda
September 10-11, Hampton Inn, Buffalo
November 19-20, Location TBA, Cheyenne
Congratulations to Kathy and her staff for putting on a wonderful spring meeting in Kemmerer. The association appreciates all their hard work in hosting us and showing off their wonderful community.
Information from the educational sessions has been added to the Education page, which is password protected for association members only.
Our erstwhile President, Linda, has released the ambitious agenda for the WACO Convention in Lander. It looks like we’ll be busy with lots of great speakers.
You can download a .pdf version of the agenda here.
See you in Lander!
It’s always interesting to read about the outsider’s view of Wyoming and its mining economy. On May 12th, the Washington Post published an article about Governor Mead’s response to proposed EPA regulations on new power plants.
The EPA, presumably at the urging of the Obama administration, is continuing to tighten pollution standards for power plants. This time, they have proposed that new plants use carbon capture and sequestration technologies, techniques that haven’t even been developed on a large scale yet. It would be like issuing a mandate to all auto dealers that they had to use hovercraft technology by 2015.