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WCCA News

Joint Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water Resources Committee Report

It was great seeing many of you last week in Gillette. That meeting set the WCCA and your staff on a solid path for the upcoming year in many respects. It was back to work this week at the Joint Agriculture, State and Federal Lands, and Water Resources committee up in Hulett, and Joint Revenue in Saratoga. I will write about Revenue in the coming days.

Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee Report

Title 25 was the topic of interest on Thursday in Casper. There was no specific legislation discussed, and I did not testify. I attended more as a fail-safe to ensure that I was present if specific county activities needed further clarification from me. The discussion was led by Department of Health Director, Tom Forslund and other Dept. of Health Senior staff.

Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee Report

The topic of interest at Tuesday’s Joint Travel Rec (as we lobbyists shorten the name) was regulation of gaming in Wyoming. When considering gambling in Wyoming, most of us think either of the lottery, or of the casinos operated by the tribes in Fremont County. The discussion on Tuesday focused more on unregulated gaming in the form of pull tabs and bingo, specifically a draft bill that would…

Joint Judiciary Committee Report

In an effort to improve communication with all members of the WCCA, this year during the interim I intend to write short blog posts following committee hearings I attend regarding subjects of interest to counties (and sometimes, maybe just of interest to me). Through these posts I will include in italics a paraphrase of questions and answers from committee members to witness, including myself,…

Big Year Ahead for Counties

A lot of Commissioners remark to me following the end of the legislative session that it must be nice to not be so busy. I wish that were the case. The projects stack up during the session and upcoming projects in preparation of next year’s budget session begin almost immediately. To that end I want to update you all on upcoming legislative issues and ask for your engagement on several topics.

Department of Labor Overtime Rules: Options for Counties

On May 18, 2016, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule on overtime pay. The rule amends regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that determine which employees are eligible for overtime pay, and nearly doubles the maximum salary for overtime eligibility from $23,660 to…
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