Category Archives: Legislation

Legislature Leadership & Committees Set

harshmansh37The members of the Wyoming legislature have finished choosing their leadership and setting committee assignments for the upcoming legislative session that begins January 10th.

Representative Steve Harshman (Natrona) will lead the House of Representatives, while Senator Eli Bebout (Fremont) will be President of the Senate.

There were several changes in committees that the WCTA works with, as well.  While Rep. Madden and Sen. Peterson will continue to chair the Revenue Committees, Rep. Eklund will step in to replace Rep. Zwontizer, joining Sen. Meier to head the Transportation Committee.

Here is a full list of the Revenue and Transportation Committee members:

Revenue

Representatives Madden (C), Connolly, Dayton, Murphy, Hallinan, Kinner Laursen, Obermueller, Paxton.

Senators Peterson (C), Case, Ellis, Kinskey, Wasserburger.

Transportation

Representatives Eklund (C), Blackburn, Blake, Brown, Court, Crank, Edwards, Loucks, Piiparinen.

Sentators Meier (C), Agar, Anderson, Baldwin, Christensen.

The full list of all the committee and leadership assignments for the upcoming session can be found here.

Transportation Committee Sets Agenda

meiercs03Senator 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.

Here’s a link to the meeting’s materials, including the bill drafts.

Revenue Committee Sponsors Bills

img_1140The 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.

 

Tracking the Budget Session

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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.

Transportation Announces Meeting

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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.

Upcoming Interim Meetings

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There are a few upcoming meetings of the legislative committees that you may want to attend:

Transportation Committee:

June 1-2, Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, Douglas – Agenda
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ugust 25-26, Central Wyoming College, Riverton
November 12-13, Location TBA, Laramie

Revenue Committee:

May 19-20, Rawlins Music Academy, Rawlins – Agenda
September 10-11, Hampton Inn, Buffalo
November 19-20, Location TBA, Cheyenne

Revenue Sets the Agenda

The Joint Revenue Interim Committee has set their first meeting, on June 2 and 3 at the Hampton Inn in Buffalo.  They have also released their tentative agenda for the meeting.

The agenda features a discussion of “Taxation of alternative fuels (natural gas, propane, electric, etc) on Monday (June 2) morning, followed by a discussion on “Public Disclosure of Real Estate Transactions” in the afternoon.

On Tuesday, June 3, the meeting opens with the “Excise Tax Exemptions” topic, where the committee plans on developing a criteria and framework for considering exemptions.

Following that topic will be a discussion on Personal Property Tax, led by DOR’s Brenda Arnold.  Brenda will discuss the collections on different personal property types, issues with uniformity, and mobile homes.