Wyoming legislators consider 1st special session since 2004

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers are considering holding a special legislative session to decide what to do with the federal stimulus money coming to the state, and to confront other issues brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.

Republican House Speaker Steve Harshman of Casper said the likelihood of the state’s first special session since 2004 is pretty good, and there may be more than one, according to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

It’s not clear how lawmakers would convene a session in the middle of a pandemic. Gov. Mark Gordon has the ability to call an emergency session to convene outside of the Capitol, which would allow lawmakers to meet via a virtual format.

The Legislature also has the constitutional power to call itself in, but that route requires the session be held in Cheyenne.

Wyoming is receiving $1.25 billion from the federal stimulus bill. All of the funds go to the state, since none of Wyoming’s cities has a population of more than 500,000.

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