Legislative Update
It's Day 10 of the 2021 General Sesssion!
Thank you for following along with the Wyoming Women's Foundation this legislative session. We will continue to provide you with information on legislative activity relating to economic self-sufficiency for women and opportunities for girls. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you feel we have missed any bills related to women's economic self-sufficiency!

Today, March 1, the 66th Legislature is scheduled to reconvene in-person. Senate Files must be into Legislative Service Office in final form by Noon. The public can still watch proceeding online on the Wyoming Legislature Youtube Channel.
How can the public participate in the
2021 General Session? 
Remember, your voice matters! You have the power to influence positive change for women and girls in Wyoming right now. You can shape legislation that benefits those in your community by reaching out to your legislators about the issues you care about.
Members of the public are encouraged to view legislative proceedings on the Legislature’s YouTube channel. The public may also contact members directly using legislator contact information available on the Legislature’s website here.

During the legislative session, you can also recommend support for or opposition to a particular piece of legislation by using the Online Hotline.
Learn more about Wyoming Women in Elected Roles by reviewing the new report available at wywf.org.
Additional civic engagement resources are available at wywf.org/legislative-watch.
House Bills
Sponsored by Select Committee on School Finance Recalibration
AN ACT relating to school finance; implementing recalibration modifications to the Wyoming education resource block grant model; codifying previously uncodified law; providing for additional sales and use taxes in amounts, if any, determined necessary to fulfill constitutional requirements; amending related provisions; repealing conflicting provisions; and providing for an effective date.
WHY IT MATTERS FOR WOMEN & GIRLS This bill cuts funding to Wyoming education. To date, Wyoming schools and teachers have mostly been able to “protect the classroom” from these reductions without severely impacting student learning, keeping funding to each county fairly equal. However, the prospect of an additional $250 million or more in cuts will result in poorer education, especially in low-income communities, and the elimination of jobs.1 Women hold nearly 73% of the education positions across the
state.2
LATEST ACTION 1/12/2021 H Introduced and Referred to H04 - Education Committee
NEXT MEETING TODAY 3/01/2021 - Upon noon recess House Education Committee
WHAT CAN YOU DO? TUNE IN & TESTIFY!
Click here to watch today's virtual meeting of the House Education Committee Upon noon recess. Click here to register to testify.
Reach out to the Education Committee to let them know you are concerned about funding K-12 education across the state!
Click here to watch the Education Committee's meeting featuring the Wyoming Citizens’ Preferences Over Budget Deficit Choices: Presentation of the most recent Power Wyoming poll
Sponsored by Representative(s) Laursen, Baker and Zwonitzer and Senator(s) Biteman, Hicks and Steinmetz
AN ACT relating to the legislature; providing for reimbursement of legislators to attend out of state conferences as specified; authorizing the management council to adopt policies; and providing for an effective date.
WHY IT MATTERS FOR WOMEN & GIRLS This bill makes elected roles more accessible to women, who generally have lower wages and less savings than men, by managing the costs associated with serving in the legislature and reducing structural barriers faced by women.
Latest Action 2/24/2021 H Received for Introduction
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Reach out to your legislators to express interest in this bill! And thank sponsoring Reps!
Click here to review the new report "Wyoming Women in Elected Roles" which looks at structural barriers faced by women and describes policy changes and best practices.
Sponsored by Representative(s) Harshman, Connolly, MacGuire, Walters, Washut and Zwonitzer and Senator(s) Furphy, Landen and Wasserburger
AN ACT relating to medical education; creating an inviolate health care education endowment fund; providing for investment of monies in the fund; providing for distribution of monies; providing for the use of earnings for the support of certain medical education programs at the University of Wyoming and Wyoming community colleges; authorizing the use of earnings for student support payments and administrative costs.
WHY IT MATTERS FOR WOMEN & GIRLS Women form 70% of workers in the health and social sector nationwide.3 In Wyoming, many healthcare workers earn self-sufficient wages, making medical education programs an effective path to self-sufficiency for women. This bill would provide support for those programs, which would primarily benefit women.
Latest Action 2/26/2021 Bill Number Assigned
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Reach out to your legislators to express interest in this bill! And thank sponsoring Reps!
Sponsored by Representative(s) Romero-Martinez, Clifford, Connolly, Harshman, Provenza and Zwonitzer
AN ACT relating to Medicaid; requiring collaboration concerning the expansion of Medicaid eligibility; authorizing the expansion of Medicaid eligibility as specified; requiring reports and notice as specified; repealing prior authorizations; providing a sunset provision; and providing for an effective date.
WHY IT MATTERS FOR WOMEN & GIRLS Women with children are the most likely population to be living below the Self-Sufficiency Standard and are over-represented in low-wage jobs that do not provide health insurance.4 Data shows that women between the ages of 18 and 29 who work full-time would be nearly three times as likely as their male counterparts to enroll in an expanded Medicaid program. If passed, the population that would become eligible for access to healthcare was estimated to include about 36% younger working women.5
Latest Action 2/27/2021 Bill Number Assigned
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Reach out to your legislators to express interest in this bill! And thank sponsoring Reps!
Click here to read "Medicaid expansion is right for Wyoming, women"
Join the movement to increase access to affordable healthcare in Wyoming.
Click here to read Healthy Wyoming's FAQs
Visit the Healthy Wyoming Coalition Website or Facebook Page to learn more.
Sponsored by Representative(s) Harshman, Connolly and Sommers and Senator(s) Rothfuss, Schuler and Wasserburger
AN ACT relating to higher education; creating the Wyoming's tomorrow scholarship program; providing eligibility requirements; providing for administration, including rulemaking authority; creating accounts and a permanent fund; requiring reports; providing for a continuous appropriation; amending a provision governing the Hathaway scholarship reserve account; amending a provision regarding permanent funds of the state; providing for a transfer of funds; providing when scholarships may first be awarded; and providing for an effective date.
WHY IT MATTERS FOR WOMEN & GIRLS Women with children are the most likely population to be living below the Self-Sufficiency Standard and are over-represented in low-wage jobs that do not provide health insurance.4 This bill increases access to postsecondary education, not only leading to wages well above the Self-Sufficiency level, but jobs that also provide benefits, increased stability, and have promotion and salary increase potential.5
Latest Action 2/27/2021 Bill Number Assigned
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Reach out to your legislators to express interest in this bill! And thank sponsoring Reps!
Sponsored by Representative(s) Henderson, Duncan and Provenza
AN ACT relating to the youthful offender program; clarifying that male and female inmates are eligible for the youthful offender program; and providing for an effective date.
WHY IT MATTERS FOR WOMEN & GIRLS Wyoming state statute still demands that the only acceptable pronoun is the masculine pronoun, obscuring who the law is intended to protect or serve. This bill clarifies that women are eligible to access the youthful offender program. For the past 30 years, numerous women who would have been admitted into the boot camp program and released from prison after six months spent many years longer in prison due solely to their gender.6
Latest Action 2/27/2021 Bill Number Assigned
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Reach out to your legislators to express interest in this bill! And thank sponsoring Reps!
Click here to read "Women deserve to be equally recognized in our state statutes"
Senate Files
AN ACT relating to public health; creating the pandemic response review task force; specifying duties of the task force; requiring a report; providing a termination date for the task force; providing appropriations; and providing for an effective date.
WHY IT MATTERS FOR WOMEN & GIRLS
The early economic and mental health impacts of COVID-19 on women have been substantial, according to a survey conducted by The Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (WYSAC).7 Women make important contributions to Wyoming’s economy. More data (disaggregated by sex) and analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 are needed to ensure an economic recovery that includes all Wyoming citizens and to increase Wyoming’s preparedness for future public health crises.
Latest Action 1/12/2021 S Introduced and Referred to S07 - Corporations Committee
Not yet heard by committee
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Reach out to the Corporations Committee to encourage them to hear and support this bill!
AN ACT relating to insurance; mandating equivalent benefits and reimbursement related to mental health and substance use services delivered remotely; specifying applicability; and providing for an effective date.
WHY IT MATTERS FOR WOMEN & GIRLS Data shows that COVID-19 has negatively affected the mental health of women in Wyoming.7 This bill would require insurance companies to cover telehealth (at home) services equally to in-person visits, helping to ensure access to affordable mental health care during the pandemic. Beyond the pandemic, this bill would help keep mental health services more accessible to women without the childcare or transportation necessary to receive in-person mental health care.
Latest Action 2/3/2021 S Placed on General File
NEXT MEETING TENTATIVELY SET FOR TODAY 03/01/2021 10:00 AM Senate General File
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Reach out to your senator to encourage them to vote YES before 10 AM!
AN ACT relating to administration of the government; providing funding for the Wyoming investment in nursing program from CARES Act funds; providing appropriations; and providing for an effective date.
WHY IT MATTERS FOR WOMEN 90% of registered nurses in the U.S. are women.8 In Wyoming, registered nurses earn self-sufficient wages, making nursing programs an effective path to self-sufficiency for women. This bill would provide support for those programs, which would primarily benefit women.
Latest Action 1/12/2021 S Introduced and Referred to S04 - Education Committee
NEXT MEETING TODAY 3/01/2021 - 8:00 AM Senate Education Committee
WHAT CAN YOU DO? TUNE IN & TESTIFY!
Click here to watch today's virtual meeting of the Senate Education Committee at 8 AM Click here to register to testify.
Reach out to the Education Committee to encourage them to support this bill before 8 AM!
  1. Media, O. (2021, January 28). Wyoming School Districts Clap Back At Proposed Education Budget Cuts. Retrieved from https://betterwyo.org/2021/01/28/wyoming-school-districts-clap-back-at-proposed-education-budget-cuts/
  2. Stat 2 – School District Enrollment and Staffing Data. (2008 to present). Retrieved from https://edu.wyoming.gov/data/statisticalreportseries-2/
  3. Bonio, M et al. (2019, March). Gender equity in the health workforce: Analysis of 104 countries. Retrieved from https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/311314/WHO-HIS-HWF-Gender-WP1-2019.1-eng.pdf
  4. Pearce, D. M., PhD. (2020, May). The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Wyoming 2020. Retrieved from https://wywf.org/economic-self-sufficiency-standard/
  5. Simon, J.(2020, February 5). Medicaid expansion is right for Wyoming, women. Retrieved from https://www.jhnewsandguide.com/opinion/columnists/equity_state/medicaid-expansion-is-right-for-wyoming-women/article_c25c3037-5646-509b-ad31-9d473805a8c6.html
  6. Pearce, D. M., PhD. (2016, May). On the Road: Exploring Economic Security Pathways in Wyoming. Retrieved from https://wywf.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/WY16_ESP-Web_051116.pdf
  7. Simon, J., & Burlingame, S. (2021, February 02). Women deserve to be EQUALLY recognized in our state statutes. Retrieved from https://trib.com/opinion/columns/simon-women-deserve-to-be-equally-recognized-in-our-state-statutes/article_26cfa7fc-58ed-51f0-a0bf-411bc072dcfb.html
  8. Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (2020). The Impacts of COVID-19 on Wyoming Women. Retrieved from https://wywf.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Women-Covid-Fact-Sheet.pdf
  9. US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019). Household Data Annual Averages: Employed persons by detailed occupation, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat11.pdf
Additional Bills to Watch
Latest Action 2/1/2021 House Introduced and Referred to H04 - Education Committee

Latest Action 1/21/2021 House Received for Introduction

Latest Action 1/21/2021 House Received for Introduction

Latest Action 2/5/2021 H Introduced and Referred to H04 - Education Committee

Latest Action 2/24/2021 H Received for Introduction

Latest Action 2/24/2021 H Received for Introduction

Latest Action 2/24/2021 H Received for Introduction

Latest Action 2/27/2021 Bill Number Assigned

Latest Action 2/04/2021 Senate Placed on General File
Tentatively set for consideration Senate General File 03/01/2021 - 10:00 AM

Latest Action 1/12/2021 Senate Introduced

Latest Action 1/12/2021 Senate Introduced and Referred to S07 - Corporations Committee

Latest Action 2/04/2021 Senate Introduced and Referred to S01 - Judiciary Committee

Latest Action 2/05/2021 Senate Introduced and Referred to S01 - Judiciary Committee

Latest Action 2/17/2021 S Received for Introduction

Latest Action 2/23/2021 S Received for Introduction
"How a bill becomes a law" courtesy of the Wyoming Outdoor Council.
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A panel including State Auditor Kristi Racines, Casper City Councilor Amber Pollock, and RepresentWomen's CEO Cynthia Richie Terrell will explore the new report looking at structural barriers facing women who run for elected office—and the policy changes that will overcome them. 
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About the Wyoming Women's Foundation
The Wyoming Women’s Foundation is a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation, which granted out over $11 million to nonprofits across the state in 2019, and over $85 million since its inception in 1989. The Women’s Foundation builds on a permanent endowment that will ensure funding to enhance the lives of women and girls in Wyoming for generations to come. It makes grants to organizations that help Wyoming women and girls attain economic self-sufficiency, creates statewide awareness of the barriers to economic self-sufficiency, and supports systems change to eliminate those barriers. Learn more at wywf.org.
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