Tax break for ethanol passed by Wyo. Senate

Feb 20, 2012 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Developments on the fifth day of the Budget Session of the 2012 Wyoming Legislature:

ETHANOL TAX: The Senate for the third time passed a bill to repeal the gasoline tax credit provided to producers of ethanol. Senate File 8 now goes to the House.

REDISTRICTING: The bill to redraw legislative district lines was approved for the third time in the House. House Bill 32 now heads to the Senate.

Senate President Jim Anderson, R-Glenrock, has said it will be assigned to the Senate Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee.

WORKER SAFETY: The Wyoming House voted against introducing a bill to increase fines and civil penalties for employers cited for workplace safety violations. House Bill 96 was sponsored by Rep. Mary Throne, D-Cheyenne.

She told her fellow lawmakers that fines are often higher for a poacher who kills a moose in violation of the state's game laws in Wyoming than for employers cited for safety violations that result in worker deaths.

SOUND MONEY: The House voted against introducing a bill that would have authorized the use of gold and silver for the payment of debts in the state while also authorizing the creation of depositories for the precious metals. Rep. Kendell Kroeker, R-Evansville, had sponsored H.B. 100.

DRUG TESTING: The House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee endorsed a bill to require people applying for state welfare assistance to pass drug tests. House Bill 82 now heads to the full House.

ELECTED OFFICIALS: A bill that would have prohibited statewide elected officials from retaining their own lawyers died when the House failed to act on it by Friday's bill deadline. House Bill 23 was sponsored by Rep. Pete Illoway, R-Cheyenne.

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