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Submitted by Newsroom on January 27, 2011 – 8:20 amNo Comment

Latest Wyoming news, 8:20am

SPICE BAN
     Spice ban wins preliminary approval in Wyo. Senate
(Information in the following story is from: Wyoming Tribune
Eagle – Cheyenne)

     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – A proposal to ban synthetic marijuana has
cleared its first hurdle at the state Capitol.
     The Senate gave preliminary approval to Senate File 59 on
Wednesday.
     Synthetic marijuana, commonly called “spice”, is legal and
marketed as incense.
     The bill introduced by Sen. Floyd Esquibel of Cheyenne would
make possessing spice a schedule 1 offense, punishable by a $10,000
fine or year in jail.
     The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the Senate also backed
spending about $57,000 to pay for someone in the attorney general’s
office to analyze substances in spice cases.
     The bill faces two more votes in the Senate before it could move
to the House.

PAWS
     House bill would ditch PAWS writing
(Information in the following story is from: Wyoming Tribune
Eagle – Cheyenne)

     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – A state House committee has endorsed a
proposal to drop the writing portion of the statewide student
assessment.
     The House Education Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved
House Bill 182. It now goes to the full House for further
discussion.
     The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the bill would scale back the
Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students, or PAWS, to only
include mathematics and reading.
     Bill sponsor Democrat Rep. Mary Throne of Cheyenne says the
essay tests aren’t required under federal law and the writing
portion stretches out an already burdensome test.

GAY MARRIAGE
     Senate to consider gay marriage amendment

     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – The Senate is set for what could be its
final vote on a bill that would allow Wyoming voters to decide
whether the state should recognize same-sex marriages.
     The Senate on Thursday is scheduled for its third vote on a
resolution sponsored by Republican Sen. Curt Meier, of LaGrange.
     The resolution would ask voters to amend the state Constitution
to specify that Wyoming wouldn’t recognize same-sex marriages.
     Supporters say Wyoming needs to clarify the legal status of
same-sex marriage because they’re permitted elsewhere. Opponents of
the proposal say the states shouldn’t be limiting the rights of gay
people.

EDUCATION BOARD
    
State Board of Education elects new officers

     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – The Wyoming State Board of Education has
elected new officers.
     At a recent meeting in Cheyenne, the board chose Gerald “Joe”
Reichardt, of Wheatland, to serve as its chairman, and Larry
McGarvin, of Ten Sleep, was elected treasurer.
     Reichardt’s current term lasts through 2015. He and his wife
operated several successful small businesses.
      Over the last 21 years, he also has served on the Platte County
Library Board of Directors, been elected Platte County commissioner
and served on the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s Air
Quality Advisory Board.
     McGarvin’s current term on the board runs through 2012. He is a
general dentist with practices in Ten Sleep and Gillette. He was
born and raised in Worland. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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