WYOMING — A standoff between the Wyoming Senate and House made a special legislative session a possibility to complete the Local Government Funding Bill, HB-51. But, an agreement was reached and the bill signed.
Sen. Stan Cooper, R-Lincoln/Sublette/Sweetwater/Uinta said HB-51 had its share of ups and downs throughout the session with many amendments to the distribution formulas and the funding amount. The bill started with a $90 million funding plan. Later, it increased to $105 Million.
It required many long hours of debate and negotiations with the House and the Governor’s office to reach a stance everyone agreed on. At one point in time, the two houses were set on their individual positions on the bill. Because of this, no action was taken on the bill for several days. However, Senator Cooper said on the last day of the session, right before adjournment, an agreement was reached and the bill was signed.