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WCCA News

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…

The Preamble as Context

I recently attended an oral argument in federal district court where attorneys from both sides were at a loss to describe for the court the appropriate weight it should give to a final rule’s preamble. As I sat there in the gallery, thankful that I was not one of the attorneys on the spot, I vaguely recalled the discussion in my administrative law class during law school on that topic.…

The Busy Fall Season Looms

Beginning August 30th I will be attending meetings of the Title 25 Task Force, the Joint Corporations Subcommittee on Municipal Powers, the Mineral Tax Task Force, the Special Districts Task Force, the full Joint Corporations Committee, the Joint Revenue Committee, the WCCA meeting at WACO, and the WIR Board meeting in successive weeks.

WCCA Update

Summer always seems to come crashing down around me every year. I had grand designs of multiple pack trips, fishing, and actually improving my golf game for once. I hope you have been more successful than I enjoying these short but beautiful summers in Wyoming. No matter how much you pack in, they always seem to slip away too fast.
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