May 15, 2019 •

Wyoming Working Towards Limiting Corporate Money Influence on State Elections

Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

State lawmakers and the Office of the Secretary of State are working on legislation to limit the influence of corporate money on state elections. The Office of the Secretary of State proposed a slate of election code changes to the […]

State lawmakers and the Office of the Secretary of State are working on legislation to limit the influence of corporate money on state elections.

The Office of the Secretary of State proposed a slate of election code changes to the Joint Committee on Corporations, Elections, and Political Subdivisions.

Changes include a prohibition on corporations donating to political parties or political action committees in coordination to back a specific candidate in an election.

A motion was unanimously approved by members of the committee and a bill could be introduced during the 2020 budget session.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

February 28, 2019 •

Wyoming Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

The Wyoming Legislature adjourned sine die in the early hours of February 28. The House spent the final day of its 2019 legislative session overriding four of Gov. Mark Gordon’s 14 vetoes, but the Senate decided to only override two […]

The Wyoming Legislature adjourned sine die in the early hours of February 28.

The House spent the final day of its 2019 legislative session overriding four of Gov. Mark Gordon’s 14 vetoes, but the Senate decided to only override two of those four.

Earlier this month, Gov. Gordon signed Senate File 18 into law, which requires any candidate, political action committee, and candidate’s campaign committee to file an itemized statement of contributions and expenditures at least seven days but not more than 14 days before an election.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

January 7, 2019 •

Wyoming Launches Online Lobbyist Registration

The Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office has announced the launch of a new online Lobbyist Center. The Lobbyist Center allows lobbyists to register online and gives the public real-time access to a list of Wyoming lobbyists and associated filings. The […]

The Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office has announced the launch of a new online Lobbyist Center.

The Lobbyist Center allows lobbyists to register online and gives the public real-time access to a list of Wyoming lobbyists and associated filings.

The Lobbyist Center can be accessed at the Secretary of State’s website.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

November 8, 2018 •

Mark Gordon Takes Over in Wyoming

Republican Mark Gordon was elected governor of Wyoming over Democrat Mary Thorne. Also running were Rex Rammell of the Constitution Party and Lawrence Struempf of the Libertarian Party. With 99% of precincts reporting, Gordon won with 67 percent of the […]

Republican Mark Gordon was elected governor of Wyoming over Democrat Mary Thorne.

Also running were Rex Rammell of the Constitution Party and Lawrence Struempf of the Libertarian Party.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Gordon won with 67 percent of the vote to Thorne’s 27 percent, Rammell’s 3 and Struempf’s 1.

Gordon was raised on his family’s ranch in Kaycee and attended college in Vermont.

After working in the energy industry, Gordon was appointed state treasurer in 2012 and elected to a full term in the 2014 primary.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

March 16, 2018 •

Wyoming Legislature Adjourns

The 64th Wyoming Legislature adjourned its budget session on March 15 after a nearly week-long extension. Lawmakers passed several bills, including agreeing to over $20 million in cuts to education while increasing spending on capital construction projects. Gov. Matt Mead […]

The 64th Wyoming Legislature adjourned its budget session on March 15 after a nearly week-long extension.

Lawmakers passed several bills, including agreeing to over $20 million in cuts to education while increasing spending on capital construction projects.

Gov. Matt Mead can choose to sign, veto, or allow the education and capital construction bills to become law without his signature.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

September 21, 2017 •

Wyoming Committee Chairman Resigns from Legislature

The Wyoming House Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Source Committee Chairman has resigned from the state Legislature due to health reasons. Speaker Steve Harshman announced Rep. Robert McKim will be replaced by Hans Hunt on the committee. Lincoln […]

The Wyoming House Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Source Committee Chairman has resigned from the state Legislature due to health reasons.

Speaker Steve Harshman announced Rep. Robert McKim will be replaced by Hans Hunt on the committee.

Lincoln County commissioners are now tasked with appointing a replacement to represent House District 21.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

March 6, 2017 •

Wyoming Legislative Session Adjourns

On March 3, the Wyoming Legislature adjourned its 2017 general session. Lawmakers passed a supplemental budget bill making cuts to education and substance abuse prevention funding. The budget adjustment was needed due to lower state revenues than previously anticipated. The […]

Wyoming_State_CapitolOn March 3, the Wyoming Legislature adjourned its 2017 general session.

Lawmakers passed a supplemental budget bill making cuts to education and substance abuse prevention funding.

The budget adjustment was needed due to lower state revenues than previously anticipated.

The 2018 legislative session is scheduled to convene February 12, 2018.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

February 8, 2017 •

Wyoming Legislative Session Reaches Bill Crossover Deadline

Tuesday was the last day for bills in the 2017 session of the Wyoming Legislature to be approved in the house of origin. All bills, with the exception of the budget bill, that have not passed a third reading in […]

Wyoming_State_CapitolTuesday was the last day for bills in the 2017 session of the Wyoming Legislature to be approved in the house of origin.

All bills, with the exception of the budget bill, that have not passed a third reading in the house of introduction are dead.

The legislative session is expected to adjourn on March 3, 2017.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

December 23, 2016 •

Wyoming State Representative Resigns

On December 21, Rep. Kendell Kroeker, a Republican from Evansville, announced his resignation from the Wyoming House of Representatives. Kroeker cited unexpected circumstances related to his business, Casper Mountain Motorsports, as the reason for his resignation. The House District 35 […]

kroekerh35On December 21, Rep. Kendell Kroeker, a Republican from Evansville, announced his resignation from the Wyoming House of Representatives. Kroeker cited unexpected circumstances related to his business, Casper Mountain Motorsports, as the reason for his resignation.

The House District 35 vacancy will be filled by the local Republican Party.

Photo of Kendell Kroeker from the State of Wyoming Legislature.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

March 8, 2016 •

Wyoming Legislature Adjourns General Session

On March 4, the Wyoming 63rd Legislature adjourned its regular session sine die. During the 20-day session, the legislature rejected Medicaid expansion for the state, passed a $3 billion budget, and approved funding for several public construction projects, including facilities […]

Wyoming_State_CapitolOn March 4, the Wyoming 63rd Legislature adjourned its regular session sine die. During the 20-day session, the legislature rejected Medicaid expansion for the state, passed a $3 billion budget, and approved funding for several public construction projects, including facilities at the University of Wyoming.

The 64th Legislature will convene the 2017 general session on January 10.

Photo of the Wyoming State Capitol by Bradlyons on Wikimedia Commons.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

October 12, 2015 •

Wyoming Elections Director Resigns

Today Peggy Nighswonger, the Elections Director with the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office, resigned from her position. Nighswonger, who oversaw elections, campaign finance disclosure and election laws, and ethics for the state, “stepped down amid ‘differences in philosophy’ with Secretary […]

Flag of WyomingToday Peggy Nighswonger, the Elections Director with the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office, resigned from her position. Nighswonger, who oversaw elections, campaign finance disclosure and election laws, and ethics for the state, “stepped down amid ‘differences in philosophy’ with Secretary of State Ed Murray, who was elected last year,” according to a report in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

March 13, 2015 •

Wyoming Governor Signs Campaign Finance Bills

Gov. Matt Mead has signed two campaign finance bills repealing aggregate contribution limits and recently instituted political action committee (PAC) limits. House Bill 38 was originally filed to remove all contribution limits for PACs, but amendments to the bill keep […]

Gov. Matt MeadGov. Matt Mead has signed two campaign finance bills repealing aggregate contribution limits and recently instituted political action committee (PAC) limits.

House Bill 38 was originally filed to remove all contribution limits for PACs, but amendments to the bill keep a $5,000 limit from a PAC to any candidate who is not a statewide candidate.

House Bill 39 repeals the state’s aggregate contribution limits, which conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. Both bills are effective immediately.

Photo of Gov. Matt Mead by Gage on Wikimedia Commons.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

March 9, 2015 •

Wyoming Legislature Adjourns with New PAC Limits

The Legislature adjourned sine die on Friday, March 6, 2015, after passing two campaign finance bills. House Bill 38 was originally filed to remove all contribution limits for political action committees (PACs), but amendments to the bill keep a $5,000 […]

Wyoming CapitolThe Legislature adjourned sine die on Friday, March 6, 2015, after passing two campaign finance bills.

House Bill 38 was originally filed to remove all contribution limits for political action committees (PACs), but amendments to the bill keep a $5,000 limit from a PAC to any candidate who is not a statewide candidate.

House Bill 39 repeals the state’s aggregate contribution limits, which conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.

Photo of the Wyoming State Capitol by Matthew Trump on Wikimedia Commons.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

November 17, 2014 •

Wyoming Interim Committee Tables Campaign Finance Bill

A legislative committee has voted to table a draft bill to expand disclosure requirements for political independent expenditure groups. The bill would require a group to report an independent expenditure if it “directly or indirectly” advocated for the election or […]

Wyoming CapitolA legislative committee has voted to table a draft bill to expand disclosure requirements for political independent expenditure groups. The bill would require a group to report an independent expenditure if it “directly or indirectly” advocated for the election or defeat of a candidate.

Current law requires reporting only if the expenditure “expressly” advocates for the election or defeat of a candidate. A majority of the Joint Corporations, Elections, and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee decided the language was overly broad.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close