Legislature wraps up its first week of work

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By Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming’s Legislature wrapped up its first week of business Friday with the initial review of a number of bills.

Both the Senate and House had already given their final approval to several bills by the end of their third full day of work.

Among the bills to win final approval in one chamber Friday was HB 38, which would boost the amount paid legislators to cover their expenses from $109 to $149 per day. The bill now heads to the Senate for its review.

On the Senate side, a bill that would expand the eligibility for Hathaway Scholarships was approved in its second reading Friday. SF 43, which would make Hathaway Scholarships available to career technical students, will receive its final Senate review Monday.

Winning preliminary approval in the Senate was a bill designed to restrict the prescription of opioids. SF 46 was approved by the Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee and was then approved by the “Committee of the Whole” on Friday.

The bill would limit opioid prescriptions to 14 days for patients who have not been on the drug for 45 days. Exemptions are built in for patients suffering from chronic conditions such as cancer.