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Down, But Not Out: Legislator Tries Again To Opt Wyoming Out Of CDC Health Mandates

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Rep. Jeanette Ward, R-Casper, talks about her bill to exempt Wyoming from federal public health guidelines. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

Rep. Jeanette Ward saw her first attempt to push back on COVID-19 public health measures fail but by a razor thin margin. So, she’s trying again. Her new bill would give the governor the option to ignore federal mandates.

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‘Groomed And Preyed Upon:’ Detransitioner Who Had Double Masectomy At 16 Shares Regret

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Luka Hein testified to Wyoming lawmakers Friday about her experiences detransitioning from gender medicalization. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

After emotional debate, a proposed Wyoming law that would prohibit doctors from prescribing transgender-related treatments to minors unanimously passed its first legislative committee hearing Friday.

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Medicaid Expansion Amendment Dies; Becoming Annual Tradition In Wyoming

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Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, made an impassioned plea on the Senate floor Wednesday for Medicaid expansion. (Matt Idler File Photo for Cowboy State Daily)

Attempts for Medicaid expansion failed on Wednesday night despite State Sen. Cale Case’s emotional plea for the measure. Every Medicaid Expansion bill over the last 10 years has failed in Wyoming.

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Powell Police Chief Supports Adult ‘Amber Alert’ System That Would Help Alzheimers Patients

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Powell Police Chief Roy Eckert knows firsthand the heartbreak of watching a loved one succumb to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Now he and other Wyoming law enforcement officers are pushing for a statewide alert system to protect vulnerable adults.

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Wyoming’s Anti-COVID Mandate Bill Chooses ‘Our Freedom’ Over Federal Money, Says Sponsor

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(Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

By a narrow two-vote margin, the Wyoming House of Representatives has advanced legislation that would prohibit hospitals, businesses, schools and any other facility in the state from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations and other related health requirements such as the wearing of face masks.

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Wyoming House Re-Establishes 988 Suicide Call Center Trust Fund – With A $0 Balance

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Rep. Landon Brown discusses 988 call centers on the Wyoming House floor. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

The Wyoming State House added an amendment to legislation on Wednesday morning that would allow private individuals and nonprofits to help fund state-run 988 suicide call centers in Wyoming.

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Watered-Down Vax Bill Advances; Drops Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella Language

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Rep. Jeanette Ward, R-Casper, is the lead sponsor for House Bill 66. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

A previous version of the bill prohibited all vaccine mandates for COVID-19 and any other infectious virus or disease. This would have included other diseases like measles, mumps, polio and rubella. 

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Legislature Pulls Trust-Fund Support For Suicide Call Centers

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Rep. Landon Brown, R-Cheyenne, proposed an amendment to remove a $46 million trust fund from 988 hotline legislation. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

State Rep. Landon Brown said carving out the $46 million trust fund from a bill establishing the national 988 suicide call center program in Wyoming was the bill’s best chance to pass.

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Casper Legislator’s Covid Bill Would Also Prohibit Required Vaccines For Polio, Measles, Mumps

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Rep. Jeannette Ward, R-Casper, on the House floor at the Capitol in Cheyenne. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

Although Rep. Ward said her Covid bill which would also prohibit required vaccines for polio, measles, mumps and other infectious diseases is a way to prioritize the rights of individuals, physicians said it would put Wyoming “back a few centuries.”

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