Now in his 3 term in office, local member of the 65th Wyoming Legislature Mark Jennings has never taken part in a budget session that was held in the Capitol Complex. In fact, Representative Jennings hasn’t been a part of a legislative session that took place in the intended venue since his first session in 2015, before the remodel project started. Now two weeks into his first Budget Session in the newly renovated structure, he reflected on how it feels to be back.
Another difference of note to the 2020 gathering was the availability of the budget bill on day one, an occurrence that hasn’t happened in over 25 years. Jennings expressed his gratitude towards the Joint Appropriations Committee for accomplishing this feat.
Representative Jenning’s brought his total allotment of 5 bills to the 2020 Budget Session. Of the 5 only one was heard while the others were not considered for an introductory vote before the deadline. The lone measure that was heard, House Bill 118 which is titled the Second Amendment Preservation Act, was subsequently introduced by a vote of 45 yays, 13 nays, and 2 excused. All of the local Representatives voted in favor.