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WYOMING REALTORS® 2019 BILLS - Week 4

February 4, 2019

 

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.

 

HB0214 Real Estate Brokers – retention of records

Sponsored by: MacGuire

 

AN ACT relating to real estate brokers; decreasing the length of time licensed real estate brokers must keep and maintain records of real estate transactions; and providing for an effective date.

 

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION:  SUPPORT

 

STATUS: Received for introduction, referred to the Corporations Committee.  Received a Do Pass recommendation, passed Committee of the Whole on 2/1, 2ndreading on 2/4

  

HB0277 Town and county development regulations-2.

Sponsored By: Duncan

 

AN ACT relating to counties, cities and towns; modifying authority to impose zoning assessments; specifying applicability; and providing for an effective date.

 

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION:  SUPPORT

 

STATUS: Received for introduction, referred to the Corporations Committee, received a Do Pass recommendation. Placed on General File.  Will probably die due to lack of time to hear before cutoff on February 4th.

 

HB0290 Property redemption.

Sponsored By: Zwonitzer

 

AN ACT relating to the code of civil procedure; modifying provisions relating to the sale and redemption of realty sold under mortgage foreclosure or execution; creating a definition; authorizing a certificate of sale as specified; creating a purchaser's right of entry as specified; and providing for an effective date.

 

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION:  SUPPORT with an amendment

 

STATUS: Received for introduction, referred to the Corporations Committee, received a Do Pass recommendation, placed on General File.

 

HJ0008 Free and fair elections.

Sponsored By: Zwonitzer

 

A JOINT RESOLUTION urging Congress to propose a constitutional amendment ensuring free and fair elections.

 

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION:  SUPPORT

 

STATUS: Received for introduction.  Referred to the Corporations Committee.  Received a Do Pass recommendation, placed on General File.

 

SF0012 Business licensing fees.

Sponsored By: CORPORATIONS

 

AN ACT relating to corporations, partnerships and associations; altering licensing fees as specified; and providing for an effective date.

 

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION:  MONITOR

 

STATUS:  Referred to the Corporation Committee; not heard in Committee.  DEAD

 

SF0016 Community development districts.

Sponsored By: CORPORATIONS

 

AN ACT relating to cities and towns; authorizing municipalities to create community development districts as specified; specifying requirements; providing definitions; specifying duties and powers of community development districts and district boards of directors; authorizing assessments; specifying duties of municipalities; amending definitions; and providing for an effective date.

 

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION:  SUPPORT

 

STATUS:  Passed the Senate 23-6-1; Referred to the Corporations Committee in the House.

 

SF0018 Campaign finance revisions.

Sponsored By: CORPORATIONS

 

AN ACT relating to elections; modifying restriction on contribution of funds to political candidates for the general election as specified; modifying requirements for filing campaign reports as specified; requiring the filing of campaign reports relating to electioneering communications; amending campaign advertising provisions; repealing provisions relating to political speech by certain organizations; repealing archaic language; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

 

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION:  MONITOR

 

STATUS:  Passed the Senate 23-7; Referred to the Corporations Committee in the House.

 

SF0044 Multiple employer welfare arrangements.

Sponsored By: LABOR

 

AN ACT relating to insurance; establishing licensing and fee requirements for multiple employer welfare arrangements as specified; providing rulemaking authority; specifying applicability; and providing for effective dates.

 

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION:  MONITOR

 

STATUS:  Referred to the Labor Committee; passed the Senate 22-4. Referred to the Labor Committee in the House.

 

SF0049 County zoning authority-private schools.

Sponsored By: Bebout

 

AN ACT relating to counties; exempting private schools from county zoning authority as specified; and providing for an effective date.

 

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION:  MONITOR

 

STATUS:  Heavily amended but passed the Senate 24-5-1 abstention

 

SF0070 Landowner and lessee liability limitations.

Sponsored By: Driskill

 

AN ACT relating to recreation liability; specifying that a landowner is not liable for damages or injuries to a third party caused by a person using the land for recreational purposes; specifying conditions under which a state lands lessee is not liable to users of improvements on those lands; and providing for an effective date.

 

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION:  SUPPORT

 

STATUS:  Passed the Senate 28-0-2 

 

SF0083 Real Estate Appraisers-Licensing Amendments

Sponsored By: Pappas

 

AN ACT relating to real estate appraisers; creating new definitions; authorizing the certified real estate appraiser board to allow temporary permits; modifying exam prerequisites and experience requirements; modifying provisions relating to management company registration and regulation; updating grounds for disciplinary proceedings; and providing for an effective date.

 

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION:  STRONGLY SUPPORT

 

STATUS:  Passed the Senate 30-0.  On to the House

 

SJ0008 Free and fair elections-3.

Sponsored By: Wasserburger

 

A JOINT RESOLUTION requesting Congress to call a convention to amend the United States Constitution for the purpose of restoring free and fair elections.

 

WYOMING REALTOR®POSITION:  SUPPORT

 

STATUS:  Received for introduction, referred to the Minerals Committee, received a Do Pass; Died on General File 9-20-1  DEAD; NOTE:  HJ 008 IS THE SAME BILL AND MOVING THROUGH THE HOUSE.

 

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