By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming’s legislators will meet in a little more than a week for a brief special session to address how to spend federal money given to the state to soften the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to several lawmakers.
The Legislature’s Management Council is to meet Friday to set the rules for the special session that legislators said will be held May 15.
“Special Session on the 15th,” Rep. Stan Blake, D-Green River, said in a post on his Facebook page. “Not sure if it will be some in the Capitol and the rest at home or what.”
Rep. Cathy Connolly, D-Laramie, confirmed the date of the session in an interview with the Cowboy State Daily.
Anthony Sara, a spokesman for the Legislative Service Office, said he could not confirm the dates of the special session until it is officially called by Gov. Mark Gordon through the issuing of a proclamation.
The bulk of the Legislature’s work will be determining how to use $1.25 billion in federal funds the state is to receive through the coronavirus relief act. Gov. Mark Gordon has proposed using most of the money to provide assistance to the state’s businesses
Gordon also asked that part of the money be used to create a program within the Wyoming Community Development Authority to help renters who have been unable to work avoid eviction.