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Drunken boating bill passes first Senate reading

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Close up of boat docked in marina, ALT=Boating, Boating under the influence

By Cowboy State Daily

A measure that would make the limits for boating while intoxicated the same as those for driving while intoxicated won initial approve in the Senate on Friday.

SF 40 would reduce the blood-alcohol limit for operating a motorboat from 0.1 percent to 0.08 percent, the same limit in place for driving a vehicle.

Sponsor Sen. Cheri Steinmetz, R-Lingle, said her intent was to put some consistency into state law.

“I think it’s just a consistency issue as well as a safety issue for the citizens in the state,” she said.

 The bill will receive its second Senate review on Monday.

Wyoming Senate Update: Meat labeling, health cost study, drunken boating bills win approval

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Wyoming’s Senate wrapped up its week with a flurry of activity Friday, approving bills addressing meat labeling, a statewide study of health care costs and drunken boating.

SF 68 would require that only meat from livestock or poultry could be labeled as meat. The measure would also require that any meat not made from a harvested animal — such as a vegetable-based product — would have to be labeled as “imitation food.” The bill won final approval from the Senate on a vote of 25-3 and was sent to the House for its review.

Backers of SF 67 are seeking a study of Wyoming’s health care costs because national figures show the average cost to treat a patient in Wyoming is $4,000, compared to the national average of $3,000. The bill was approved in its first review by the full body on Friday and will be heard in its second reading Monday.

Finally, a measure that would impose the same standards on boating while drunk as are in place for driving while intoxicated was also approved in its first reading. SF 40 would set the blood-alcohol limit for operating a boat at 0.08 percent — the same limit in place for driving a car. For years, the boating standard has been set at 0.1 percent.

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