The Wyoming Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would bar workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. "Time has changed. This is 2015; we need to step up and do what we need to do, and we need to pass this bill. Discrimination in the workplace -- that's what this bill is about -- is just wrong," state Sen. Hank Coe said. The bill now heads to the Wyoming House.
The Wyoming State Board of Education would be able to review and adopt Next Generation Science Standards if lawmakers pass a bill expected to be introduced into the state legislature. The bill would remove a footnote from the state budget that prohibited adoption of the standards, which teach that humans have contributed to climate change.
Wyoming is considering restricting police to drone use only if they have a warrant, a move aimed at protecting citizens from search and surveillance. "Basically what it does is it asks that before any law enforcement uses a drone for any kind of searches that they get a warrant based on probable cause," said Linda Burt, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Wyoming. California's legislature recently passed a similar bill that now awaits the governor's signature.
After the defeat of a Wyoming Senate bill that would have placed spending restrictions on utility-scale wind projects, Power Co. of Wyoming will meet with state regulators next month to determine how best to proceed with its proposed 1,000-turbine Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project. The company withheld its application in January because the project would not have complied with the bill, which would have directed projects of a certain size to spend at least 25% of their projected cost in the first two years of approval, a company spokeswoman said.
Legislators in Wyoming's House approved changes to a college scholarship program that loosens foreign language requirements for students. Under the bill, students no longer would be required to take two years of a foreign language to receive the highest scholarship amount. Students would be able to substitute arts or vocational courses instead. The bill now heads to the state Senate for debate.