Call for a Special Session

By Wednesday, March 27, 2024, more than 35 percent of our state’s legislators had requested a Special Session to override several vetoes that Governor Gordon imposed on “veto-proof” bills. That triggered an OFFICIAL VOTE. Now, every legislator has to submit an Official Ballot by 5:00pm, Easter Sunday. This official vote will determine whether the House and Senate leadership will HAVE TO call a Special Session (they have gone on record that they do not want to.)

This was all set in motion when the same leadership that opposes a Special Session moved to adjourn the Budget Session early. This made it impossible for the legislature to stay in Cheyenne and keep watch on the governor’s vetoes. Then, on March 23, 2024, Governor Gordon took advantage of the situation and vetoes a number of bills that had passed by a veto-proof super-majority (listed below). He also exercised the line-item veto on certain portions of five other bills–some of which were very troubling.

Senators Wendy Schuler and Fred Baldwin, and Representatives Ryan Berger, Jon Conrad, and Scott Heiner serve the citizens of Uinta County. Below are thier votes on the bills that were sent to the governor. The question, now, is whether they will vote in favor of calling a special session of the legislature to defend their vote against the governor’s veto. They need to hear from you what you think about their vote for/or against a Special Session.

Here is their contact information:

Wendy.schuler@wyoleg.gov (307) 679-6774 (did not vote on the first ballot)

Fred.Baldwin@wyoleg.gov (307) 877-3687 (did not vote on the first ballot)

Ryan.Berger@wyoleg.gov (307) 679-3539 (did not vote on the first ballot)

Jon.Conrad@wyoleg.gov (307) 871-3195 (part of the 35% that voted in favor on the first ballot)

Scott.heiner@wyoleg.gov (307) 875-4516 (part of the 35% that voted in favor on the first ballot)

The bills outright vetoed are as follows. (Click on the HEA/SEA number to read the reasons for his veto. Click on the HB/SF number to read the original bill.)

HEA0037 HB 148 Regulation of abortions. Passed the House 53-9 with Berger, Conrad, and Heiner all voting in favor. It passed the Senate 24-6 with Schuler voting for it and Baldwin voting against it. [Veto-proof supermajority]

HEA0049 HB 125 Repeal gun free zones and preemption amendments. Passed the House 54-7 with Berger, Conrad, and Heiner all voting in favor. It passed the Senate 22-8 with Baldwin and Schuler voting against it. [Veto-proof supermajority]

SEA0022 SF 61 Education-charter school amendments. Passed the Senate 30-1 with Baldwin and Schuler voting in favor. It passed the House 60-0 with Berger, Conrad, and Heiner all voting in favor. [Veto-proof supermajority]

SEA0030 SF 103 Wyoming PRIME Act. Passed the Senate 28-1 with Baldwin and Schuler voting in favor. It passed the House 56-6 with Berger, Conrad, and Heiner all voting in favor. [Veto-proof supermajority]

SEA0062 SF 44 Limited mining operations-amendments. Passed the Senate 24-7 with Baldwin and Schuler voting in favor. It passed the House 38-20 with Berger, and Conrad, voting in favor while Heiner opposed it.

SEA0067 SF 13 Federal land use plans-legal actions authorized. Passed the Senate 20-9 with Schuler voting in favor and Baldwin opposed. It passed the House 47-15 with Berger, Conrad, and Heiner all voting in favor. [Veto-proof supermajority]

SEA0068 SF 67 Public employee retirement plan-contributions. Passed the Senate 16-14 with Baldwin voting in favor and Schuler abstaining due to a conflict of interest. It passed the House 39-19 with Berger and Conrad voting in favor, and Heiner opposed.

SEA0070 SF 54 Homeowner tax exemption. Passed the Senate 24-7 with Baldwin and Schuler voting in favor. It passed the House 61-1 with Berger, Conrad, and Heiner all voting in favor. [Veto-proof supermajority]
Troubling line-item vetoes were used on the following bills. (Click on the HEA/SEA number to read the reasons for his veto. Click on the HB/SF number to read the original bill.)

HEA0050 HB 1 General government appropriations. (objection)

HEA0052 HB 4 Property tax refund program.

HEA0053 HB 166 Education savings accounts-1.

SEA0028 SF 2 Legislative budget.

SEA0071 SF 75 Omnibus water bill-construction. (objection)

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