What happened this week in Wyoming’s Legislature? Here’s a recap

What happened this week in Wyoming's Legislature? Here's a recap

The Senate discusses a bill before voting during the first day of the 66th Wyoming Legislature on Monday inside the state Capitol. Lawmakers met for a shortened, three-day week after two snow days. After two snow days closed down the Capitol, Wyoming’s 66th Legislature reconvened on Wednesday and sped through the remainder of the week — debating, passing and defeating a flurry of bills. The Star-Tribune monitored the progress of several key bills last week and provided a rundown of what you may have missed. Death penalty repeal defeated, again Wyoming’s Senate voted to defeat a bill to repeal the state’s death penalty on Thursday. Sen. Brian Boner, R-Douglas, sponsored Senate File 150 primarily on fiscal grounds. Maintaining the option to sentence convicted defendants to death costs the state about $750,000 annually. But the state has not executed a person for nearly three decades. No individuals currently sit on death row in Wyoming, and the state has conducted only a single execution in the past 40 years. Other supporters of the repeal bill called for eliminating the death penalty in the name of criminal justice reform. Nationally, 185 people who received wrongful convictions have been exonerated from death row since 1973, according to the Death Penalty Information Center . In 2019, a similar repeal bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, but it failed. Opponents of the repeal bill said it was important to have the option to sentence individuals convicted of the most heinous of crimes. The final vote […]

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