The Wyoming Legislature offers a variety of services to help Wyoming residents participate in the legislative process during the 2016 Budget Session, which begins Feb. 8. Please note, due to the Capitol Square Project, the Wyoming Legislature has temporarily relocated to the Jonah Business Center, at 3001 E. Pershing Blvd. in Cheyenne.
Telephone Messages and Correspondence for Legislators If you would like to contact a legislator directly during the session, call the Senate Receptionist at (307) 777-7711 or the House Receptionist at (307) 777-7852.
Written mail may be directed to a designated legislator in care of the Wyoming House or Senate, 200 W. 24th Street, Room 213, Cheyenne, WY, 82002. Although the Legislature’s physical address has changed, the mailing address has not.
Contacting Legislators by E-mail Legislators can be contacted by email using [email protected] Contact information is also listed on the Legislature’s Website BY CLICKING HERE. Online Hotline & Telephone Hotline During the legislative session, you can recommend support for or opposition to a particular piece of legislation by using the Online Hotline.
You can also leave a short comment regarding the bill on the Legislature’s Website BY CLICKING HERE. Comments will be available to all legislators. Keep in mind that legislators consider a variety of factors when making decisions on pending legislation.
The Telephone Hotline is available toll free for those without internet access by calling 1-866-996-8683 and for local callers within the Cheyenne area, at 777-8683. Callers may also use the Telephone Hotline on days the Legislature is in session from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. to obtain the current status of any bill in the legislative process. This service only provides information about where the bill is in the process, but does not provide information about the details of the legislation.
During legislative sessions, the Website is updated daily with important legislative information, including: the text of all introduced, engrossed and enrolled bills; information about amendments; a record of all roll call votes posted as soon as possible after each vote; record of actions taken on bills; bill status; Senate and House daily calendars; and standing committee meeting schedules. Streaming Audio of Legislative Proceedings Live and archived audio proceedings of the Wyoming Senate and the Wyoming House of Representatives are available on the Wyoming Legislature’s Website. A link will be prominently displayed on the Website when the session begins that provides the option of listening to live proceedings. If you have trouble hearing sound on your computer when the House or Senate are in session, please click on the Audio Troubleshooting Guide for assistance. The system will not stream live audio when the House and Senate are adjourned, at recess, or at ease for more than 15 minutes.
Roll Call Votes The Wyoming Legislature posts roll call votes several minutes after each roll-call vote on the floor is taken. This information is available by clicking on the “2016 Bill Tracking Information” link on the homepage and then on the “Roll Call Votes on Bills and Amendments” link. On the top of the page select Floor Votes or Committee Votes from the drop-down menu. Then, select whether you would like the votes on House Bills or Senate Files. A list of all bills will then display on the page. Once you have selected the bill you want to review, the actions that were taken, as well as the day the actions were taken will display in the main section of the page.
Click on the “view” link to see how each individual legislator voted. This electronic voting system has been recognized by the National Conference of State Legislatures as one of the most robust systems in the country providing almost real-time public access to voting information for the residents of Wyoming. Copies of House Bills and Senate Fills House Bills and Senate Fills are posted on the Legislature’s Website as soon as the legislation is assigned a bill number. A fiscal note is included with each bill, which provides information about the fiscal impact of the bill. Engrossed bills are bills that pass one house, bills that pass by both houses are enrolled acts, and these are posted once they are approved. Bills can be sorted by subject or sponsor. If you do not have Internet access, you can call the LSO at (307) 777-7881 to request paper copies of legislation for a minimal fee. LSO is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on days the Legislature is in session.
If you need a paper copy of a bill when you are in the Jonah Business Center, you can purchase copies at the LSO located in Suite 120 in the north wing of the building for 10 cents per page. Amendments to Legislation Amendments under consideration each day are also listed on the Legislature’s Website when they are released for distribution. Amendments that have been adopted are compiled daily and summaries are available near the atrium, the LSO Main Office and outside the House and Senate Chambers. Adopted House amendments are printed on yellow paper and adopted Senate amendments are printed on green paper. Senate and House Schedules Calendars for floor proceedings in the Senate and House of Representatives will be available on the Legislature’s Website in the late afternoon for the next day’s floor proceedings in each Chamber.
You can also receive the calendars electronically through the Legislature’s GovDelivery subscription service, available on the Legislature’s Website. The calendars include legislation under consideration and the general order of business. Paper copies of the House and Senate calendars are available daily near the atrium, the LSO Main Office in Suite 120 and outside the House and Senate Chambers. House information is printed on yellow paper and Senate information is printed on green paper. Standing Committee Meetings During the session, when a bill is introduced in either the Senate or the House, it is sent to a standing committee for review and to receive public comment.
You are welcome to attend standing committee meetings and to testify for or against legislation. If you would like to provide written information to the Committee, you will be requested to fill out a Committee Handout Form at the meeting (copies of the form are also available on the Legislature’s Website). You are encouraged to email an electronic copy of your handout to the LSO at [email protected], so staff can maintain an electronic archive of committee handouts. A schedule of Standing Committee meetings and the bills that will be considered by each committee for the next legislative working day will be posted on the Legislature’s Website each day in the late afternoon.
You can also receive the committee meeting notices electronically through the Legislature’s GovDelivery subscription service, available on the Legislature’s Website. Meeting notices are also posted outside the House and Senate lobbies and on the meeting room door. Paper copies of the House and Senate standing committee meeting schedules are available daily near the atrium, the LSO Main Office in Suite 120 and outside the House and Senate Chambers. House committee schedules are printed on yellow paper and Senate committee schedules are printed on green paper.
Bill Status Information The Legislature’s Website provides information regarding the current status of each bill under consideration, as well as previous actions on the bill (journal digest). The journal digest includes the dates actions were taken on the bill, all roll call votes related to the bill, and the text of all amendments offered regarding the bill. Paper copies of bill status information are available near the atrium, the LSO Main Office in Suite 120 and outside the House and Senate Chambers. This information is printed on purple paper.