FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ESPC Welcomes New Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2021 Media Contact:  Jennifer Lowe, Executive Director, Equality State Policy Center; (307) 248-8949; jlowe@equalitystate.org ESPC Welcomes New Executive Director Laramie, Wyo. — The Equality State Policy Center’s board of directors has selected Jennifer Lowe to serve as the organization’s new Executive Director. “I am humbled and honored to have been selected to represent the Equality …

People’s Review: LIVE! Survive, Drive & Thrive Report Recap

July 16, 2021 Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon recently released Proposals for the Future: Wyoming’s guide to Survive, Drive and Thrive, outlining the COVID-19 recovery for our state. Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Director Robin Sessions Cooley, Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) Director Korin Schmidt, and Wyoming County Commissioners Association President/Converse County Commissioner Jim Willox were all members of the …

Support Democracy by Supporting Voters!

Members of House Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions will take up HB 75 “Voter fraud” prevention on Wednesday February 24th at 1:30pm—and they need to hear from you! How can you get involved? Comment on the Legislature’s website or sign up to testify. Use the information below to tell lawmakers you oppose this bill. Wyoming should be making voting more accessible—not more restrictive. Talking …

How Congress Counts the Electoral Votes

How Congress Counts the Electoral Votes is part of ESPC’s How Does the Process Work? Series All eyes have turned to January 6th because that day marks the final step in the process to elect a new President. Here’s a recap of the steps leading up to the inauguration: Spring and Summer 2020: Nomination of Electors.  Nov. 3, 2020: Election Day. Dec. 8, 2020: Deadline for …

ESPC’s Position on Delaying the 2021 General Session

November 23, 2020 On November 24, the Wyoming State Legislature’s Management Council will decide whether to postpone the upcoming legislative session—which is scheduled to begin on January 12—until later this spring. As part of that discussion, they’ll consider this recent memo from the Legislative Services Office detailing the staff’s recommendations for postponing the session. Today we sent out a reminder …

Tell Revenue Committee: Cuts Alone Won’t Save Us

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has just announced an additional round of cuts to the state’s already lean budget. Since July, Wyoming’s spending has been reduced by 15 percent—with significant hits to key health, education, and family services. Those reductions translate to real lives impacted: much needed services no longer available, jobs lost, paychecks gone.   The governor’s announcement makes this week’s meeting of the Joint Revenue …

Shut Out? Ensuring Public Access to Lawmakers…Even in a Pandemic.

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 19 for the People’s Review: LIVE! Will Your Voice Be Silenced? The Legislature’s plans for the 2021 General Session could leave the public out. Our panel of transparency experts will discuss the importance of keeping the people’s work visible and accessible—even in a pandemic. Meet our panelists, Darcie Hoffland, Shannon Anderson and Marguerite Herman! Darcie …

ESPC to Lawmakers: Remove Barriers to Voter Registration

September 11, 2020 Wyoming is the only state that requires a notarized signature for mailed-in voter registration forms, and one of a handful that don’t allow online registration. “In most states these days, voters can go to the Secretary State’s website and register online,” ESPC Executive Director Chris Merrill told members of the Joint Corporations Committee this month, adding that …