57th State Convention – League of Women Voters of Wyoming
Meeting in Casper, delegates from all four local Leagues elected officers and directors, approved the budget for the current fiscal year, and amended the League by-laws to conform with a change in the National League’s changed deadline for reporting local and state League membership numbers.
They also approved two resolutions, to be publicized and delivered to the Wyoming State House and Senate leadership in the near future, but certainly before the next legislative session. The two resolutions follow:
Health Care Resolution
WHEREAS, The League of Women Voters of Wyoming advocates that affordable health care for all citizens of Wyoming should be a cornerstone value of the Cowboy State; and
WHEREAS, The optional expansion of Medicaid in Wyoming would save the State a net 47 million dollars through 2020 that could otherwise be spent on worthy projects; and
WHEREAS, The Wyoming Legislature has a fiduciary duty to its citizens; and
WHEREAS, Medicaid expansion would provide health insurance for an estimated 17,000 Wyoming citizens who currently lack options for health insurance; and
WHEREAS, The Wyoming Legislature represents those citizens who deserve affordable health care; and
WHEREAS, Wyoming legislators deserve the opportunity to debate and vote on a proposal to expand Medicaid for citizens; therefore, be it
Resolved, that the League of Women Voters of Wyoming recommends that the Wyoming Legislature in the 2015 General Session advances bills to the floors of the Senate and House for the purpose of providing affordable health care for all citizens of Wyoming.
Resolution on Budget Footnotes
Whereas, Members of the Wyoming Legislature increasingly use footnote amendments to the budget bill to legislate, in lieu of using the full legislative process for proposals that should be stand-alone bills; and
Whereas, Footnotes to the state budget bill bypass the full legislative process of committee and floor debate and voting in both chambers; and
Whereas, The Wyoming legislative process for consideration of bills involves full debate in the House and Senate, including standing committee consideration, thereby providing an opportunity for participation by legislators and citizens; therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Wyoming League of Women Voters recommends that the Wyoming Legislature refrain from using budget bill footnotes to enact legislation that should be in stand-alone bills that go through the full legislative process.
In addition, the delegates discussed the ongoing campaign to provide helpful, meaningful information to voters for judicial retention ballot items. The Wyoming Supreme Court has indicated receipt of the letter sent to them some weeks ago by President Williamson, and she reported that they are considering ways of approaching the matter of judges providing information without “electioneering”, which runs counter to the code of judicial ethics. LWV WY has in the past provided some information taken from the Wyoming State Bar annual survey, but it is not sufficient, and often comes out too late for absentee voters who vote up to a month before the election date.
Finally, the delegates agreed to look into developing a position regarding the present requirements for submitting petitions, and to gather information about possible instances of felons voting without having gone through the procedures to restore their right to vote.
Convention 2015 will be held April 25 – 26 in Casper, location to be determined.
The parliamentarian reported that “everybody behaved themselves”, and the silent auction brought in $178.00.