December 19, 2018 (FULL DETAILED REPORT)Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
STATE OF WYOMING ) LANDER, WYOMING
) ss. OFFICE OF THE FREMONT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
COUNTY OF FREMONT ) DECEMBER 19, 2018
FULL DETAILED REPORT
The Board of Fremont County Commissioners met in Special Session at the Wyoming Fire Academy in Riverton, Wyoming beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a carry-in dinner. Those present were: Senator Eli Bebout, Representatives Lloyd Larsen and Tim Salazar. Commissioner Chairman Travis Becker, Vice-Chairman Larry Allen, Clarence Thomas, Jennifer McCarty and Ray Price, County Clerk Julie Freese, County Sheriff Skip Hornecker, County Coroner Mark Stratmoen, Clerk of District Court Kristi Green, Chief Deputy Clerk of District Court Cora Gist, Chief Civil Deputy County Attorney Jodi Darrough. Representative Elect John Winter and wife Diana, Commissioner Elect Michael Jones, Evette Becker and a regional representative from the Wyoming Business Council. Following dinner, legislative issues were discussed.
Chairman Becker thanked all those in attendance and asked for legislative updates.
Rep. Salazar stated there would be many bills on marijuana in the upcoming session. There would be bills on criminal intent and he also is co-sponsoring a bill on no cross over voting (changing parties prior to a Primary).
Sen. Bebout discussed how the Appropriations Committee worked through balancing the budget last year; and with a 35 day session, there will be less time to work on budget issues with a new incoming Governor.
Rep. Larsen stated the revenues were looking good but with the stock market changing, some of these revenues may have also dropped lower than their estimates. Working on the CWC animal science building and an anti-terrorism bill which may be of interest to WCCA. He worked on a Task Force on the Wyoming Life Resource Center and State Hospital. The discussion on Statutory Medical problems with lack of beds was relayed.
County Clerk Julie Freese relayed that there were many election bills already filed as well as public records and changes to vehicle titles. She stated that there was a bill on mail ballot elections and she gave a handout of how the previous year’s survey on voting statewide had turned out and that the Corporations Committee originally had pushed aside the notion of allowing mail ballot elections; but in a surprise move while meeting in Lander had voted to prepare a bill and move forward. Legislators asked what the Clerks felt about mail ballots and she stated that she felt it would help prevent fraud, provide more security and scrutiny and would cost the taxpayers less. She does have a backup plan in case this does not pass as she cannot see that Fremont County can continue to operate a 32 precinct polling scenario into the future.
Sheriff Hornecker stated the Sheriffs will be looking to get Search and Rescue volunteers on Wyoming Retirement with an option by the Commissioners to approve or not.
Clerk of Court Kristi Green stated she didn’t have anything at this time. She was asked if their Association was pursuing a fee increase again and she didn’t know if they would try again.
Chief Civil Deputy Attorney Jodi Darrough stated that Patrick Lebrun was watching some bills, but she had nothing to report in his place.
County Coroner Mark Stratmoen stated that he is watching an archaeological remains bill. And he was happy to report that a final agreement to use land for indigent burials at the Wyoming Life Resource is being circulated.
Commissioner McCarty stated she was against any bill for marijuana legalization.
Commissioner Thomas discussed that there are many DFS issues he will be following. He also warned that there were some items that the Arapahoe Tribe may be trying to accomplish such as a hydroponic marijuana business and a liquor license for the WR Casino. Thomas warned that he was not in favor of these items and would be voting no on a liquor license for the casino as he felt it would be very dangerous to have at this time.
County Commissioners Meeting
December 19, 2018
Commissioner Becker asked if there was going to be a consensus rebuild. Sen. Bebout and Rep. Larsen said it would be a hard sell to do in this session. Becker asked about the Statutory medical crisis which prompted the answers from Rep. Larsen stated earlier.
The legislators welcomed incoming Rep. John Winter and he said it was good to be present and listen to the concerns of the Fremont County group.
The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
A full detailed report and the official minutes are posted on Fremont County’s website at www.fremontcountywy.org.
/s/ TRAVIS BECKER, CHAIRMAN
FREMONT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
/s/ JULIE A. FREESE, FREMONT COUNTY CLERK AND CLERK OF THE BOARD