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Legislature in tenth day

Feb 26, 2012 - Associated Press

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Events on the tenth day of the Budget Session of the Wyoming Legislature, Fri., Feb 24, 2012:

AIRCRAFT CARRIER: The House adopted an amendment proposed by Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to a bill that would create a task force to look into how to provide governmental continuity in the case of a disruption of federal operations. Brown's tongue-in-cheek amendment calls on the group to look into creating a state military draft and to consider the acquisition of a state aircraft carrier and military aircraft.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: The House gave preliminary approval to a bill that would remove time restrictions for counting second and subsequent convictions for simple battery against a family member to enhance penalties against offenders. House Bill 112 is sponsored by Rep. Joe Barbuto, D-Rock Springs.

WORKPLACE SAFETY: The House gave preliminary approval to a bill sponsored by Rep. Tom Lubnau, R-Gillette, that would allow the state Department of Workforce Services to give grants to public or private employers to help improve workplace safety.

ARCTIC REFUGE: The House gave preliminary approval to a resolution calling on Congress to pass legislation to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration, development and production.

DISEASED LIVESTOCK: The Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill sponsored by Sen. Gerald Geis, R-Worland, that would make a person liable for economic damages if they transfer ownership of livestock they know or should know to be diseased to another person who allows them to mingle with healthy animals.

WOLVES: The Senate for the third time approved a bill that would change the state's wolf-management law to comport with an agreement that Gov. Matt Mead reached with U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar last summer.

The agreement, aimed at ending federal protections for wolves in the state, calls for setting aside a flexible zone outside Yellowstone National Park in which wolves would be managed as trophy game animals. They would be classified as predators that could be shot on sight in the rest of the state.

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