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 …

ESPC’s Recommendations for Greater Transparency and Public Participation as Legislators Move Online

September 16, 2020 To: President of the Senate Drew Perkins Speaker of the House Steve Harshman Members of the Management Council Re: Allowing for More Public Participation at Online Legislative Committee Meetings Dear President Perkins, Speaker Harshman, and esteemed Members of the Wyoming State Legislature’s Management Council: The Equality State Policy Center wishes to thank you for your continued work …

ESPC’s Letter to Governor Gordon on the Occidental Land Deal

June 10, 2020 Re: Potential Purchase of Occidental Petroleum lands and minerals Dear Governor Gordon: The Equality State Policy Center and our 30 member organizations throughout Wyoming wish to thank you and your staff for your tremendous leadership in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and your dedication to protecting public health, civic engagement, and the civil liberties of the people …

Non-Profits and Women

We’re re-upping a portion of a post from our senior policy advisor, Jen Simon, who originally wrote about women and nonprofits over on the Wyoming Women’s Action Network blog. Why are we reposting it now? Because this week, nonprofits were explicitly excluded from the business relief grants in Wyoming. Read the guidelines from the Wyoming Business Council here. Check their …

Vote by Mail: The Latest in Wyoming

ESPC’s mission includes Fair Elections. And we’re committed to ensuring fair elections in the age of COVID-19. So we’ve been working on this issue alongside national groups like Secure Democracy, Unite America, Vote at Home, and the Brennan Center for Justice. Readers of this site know that we posted our letter to Secretary of State Buchanan encouraging him to make …