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WYOMING REALTORS® 2019 BILLS - Week 4


We have survived the first 4 weeks of the 2019 Wyoming Legislature! Some bills have died. Friday was the last day to be reported out of Committee, so if they didn’t have a hearing they are dead for this year. That includes two of the most egregious bills – HB 67 and HB 68. They would have added a sales tax on services and increased property taxes by 13%. We are very happy to have those off our plate this year! To read the full text of the bill, please click on the bill number. If you have additional questions, please text me at (307) 851-1191 or email me at L@wyoming.com. My phone is on silent while at the Capitol, so calling me will get you straight to voice mail.

HB0051 Lawful fence standards-county preemption.

Sponsored By: AGRICULTURE

AN ACT relating to fences and cattle guards; preempting county regulation of lawful fence standards; and providing for an effective date.

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION: SUPPORT before the amendment, now quite neutral.

STATUS: Received for introduction; referred to the Agriculture Committee,

recommended Do Pass amended. Failed Committee of the Whole 16-41-3 DEAD

HB0067 Sales tax revisions.

Sponsored By: REVENUE

AN ACT relating to sales and use tax; providing that the sales tax shall apply to sales of specified services; reducing the sales and use tax rates; repealing the sales and use tax exemption on food for domestic home consumption; repealing additional sales and use tax exemptions; making conforming changes; and providing for an effective date.

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION: STRONGLY OPPOSE

STATUS: Received for introduction, and referred to the Appropriations committee. Was not heard in Committee. DEAD!

HB0068 School funding revenue.

Sponsored By: REVENUE

AN ACT relating to school finance; providing additional mills for school funding as specified; and providing for an effective date.

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION: STRONGLY OPPOSE; increases property taxes by 13% over the next three years.

STATUS: Received for introduction, referred to the Appropriations Committee. Not heard in Committee. DEAD!

HB0093 Tourism improvement districts.

Sponsored By: Zwonitzer

AN ACT relating to counties, cities and towns; authorizing the establishment of tourism improvement districts as specified; specifying requirements; providing definitions; specifying duties and powers of tourism improvement districts; authorizing assessments; providing for a limitation on actions; and providing for an effective date.

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION: SUPPORT

STATUS: Referred to the Corporations Committee, received a do pass recommendation, placed on General File. Passed the House; Passed 32-26-2 Off to the Senate.

HB0096 Wind energy production tax.

Sponsored By: Clem

AN ACT relating to the tax on production of energy from wind resources; increasing the tax rate; providing for distribution of the tax; and providing for an effective date.

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION: SUPPORT

STATUS: Received for introduction; Was not even assigned to a committee. DEAD

HB0105 Municipal services recovery actions.

Sponsored By: Blackburn

AN ACT relating to municipal services; prohibiting municipalities from recovering past due payments for municipal services as specified; requiring adoption of related policies by municipalities; and providing for an effective date.

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION: MONITOR

STATUS: Received for introduction, referred to the Corporations Committee. Recommended a Do Pass; Failed 3rd reading Failed 24-34-2 DEAD

HB0127 Tax Refund to Elderly & Disabled

Sponsored by: Hallinan

AN ACT relating to taxation and revenue; amending eligibility criteria for the tax refund to the elderly and disabled program; providing an appropriation; and providing for an effective date.

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION: MONITOR

STATUS: Received for introduction, referred to the Revenue Committee which recommended a do pass. Passed Committee of the Whole, 2ndreading on February 4th.

HB 0131 Build Wyoming-amendments

Sponsored by: Harshman

AN ACT relating to administration of government; clarifying that the build Wyoming loan program is a revolving, continuing loan program; clarifying the amount of funds that may be loaned to political subdivisions for infrastructure projects and road or street projects; and providing for an effective date.

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION: SUPPORT

STATUS: Received for introduction, referred to the Minerals Committee, received a Do Pass recommendation; Passed 3rdreading in the House 51-8-1. On to the Senate

HB0149 Abandoned buildings revitalization.

Sponsored By: Furphy

AN ACT relating to cities and towns; providing a tax credit for expenditures to improve abandoned buildings; providing for designation of abandoned buildings; and providing for an effective date.

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION: SUPPORT

STATUS: Referred to the Corporation Committee; received a Do Pass recommendation; placed on General File.

HB0184 Private roads.

Sponsored By: Flitner

AN ACT relating to private roads; amending private road provisions to create private road easements; revising private road establishment processes and standards; requiring imposition of a bond; specifying applicability; and providing for an effective date.

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION: MONITOR

STATUS: Received for introduction, referred to the Agriculture Committee. Failed in Committee. DEAD

HB0188 Cities and towns-zoning protests.

Sponsored By: Hunt

AN ACT relating to zoning; modifying requirements for protesting changes in city or town regulations, restrictions or district boundaries; and providing for an effective date.

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION: MONITOR

STATUS: Received for introduction. Referred to the Agriculture Committee. Failed in Committee. DEAD

HB0196 Local regulation-subdivisions.

Sponsored By: Duncan

AN ACT relating to real estate subdivisions; amending exemptions for subdivisions; limiting the power of county commissioners regarding subdivision exemptions; and providing for an effective date.

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION: SUPPORT

STATUS: Received for introduction. Referred to the Corporations Committee, received a 9-0 Do Pass recommendation. Placed on General File. Passed Committee of the Whole on 2/1, 2ndreading on 2/4. Amended slightly to appease the Counties.