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Jun 23, 2014 The Associated Press

Schiffer funeral service Tuesday

KAYCEE --Funeral services for longtime state Republican Sen. John Schiffer will be held Tuesday in Kaycee.

Schiffer died Thursday at the age of 68, several weeks after being diagnosed with liver cancer.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Kaycee High School gymnasium. There will be a private family internment.

Schiffer had represented District 22 in Johnson and Sheridan counties since 1993. He was president of the Senate in 2007-08 and Senate Majority Floor Leader in 2006-07.

He was currently serving as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A rancher by trade, Schiffer was born in Chadron, Neb. He and his wife, Nancy, had two children.

Wyoming gets $27M in fed funds

CHEYENNE --The U.S. Interior Department says 23 local governments in Wyoming are receiving about $27 million to compensate for federal lands that can't be taxed.

The Payments in Lieu of Taxes program seeks to compensate local governments that have federal land, such as national parks, wildlife refuges and recreation areas.

The Interior Department collects about $14 billion in revenue annually from commercial activities on federal lands, such as oil and gas leasing, livestock grazing and timber harvesting.

A portion of these revenues are distributed to states and counties in the form of revenue-sharing PILT payments.

Hardy not actively fundraising

CHEYENNE --Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Hardy says he's not actively fundraising even though incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi has even more campaign cash than usual as he seeks re-election to a fourth term.

It's difficult enough for a Democrat to win an election in Wyoming, but this year Enzi has almost $1.8 million available for his campaign. That money largely is the result of a challenge Enzi faced from fellow Republican Liz Cheney last year.

Enzi hustled to fundraise after Cheney launched her campaign last summer. By the time Dick Cheney's daughter quit the race in January, Enzi had amassed a huge war chest.

Hardy, meanwhile, is a 75-year-old former Roman Catholic priest who says he lived in a cardboard shack for eight years when he ministered in Venezuela in the 1980s and 1990s. He figures he made about $75 a month in those days.

"As far as income, that's never been a priority in my life. You do what you should do because it's what you should do," Hardy said Thursday.

Superintendent probe rules changed

CASPER --The legislative committee investigating state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill has quietly dropped a provision in its rules granting Hill time to respond to its final report before the report becomes public.

The special House committee also deleted the requirement for another meeting before the report is released.

The committee approved the changes earlier this month on a 15-2 vote, said Rep. Rosie Berger, a member of the committee.

The committee did not announce its rule change other than to upload a revised set of rules to the legislative website.

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