Wyoming Liberty Group
When news of financial troubles at Shepherd of the Valley care center in Casper became known, some legislators viewed this as such a dire situation that they proposed Senate File 125, a law that would have empowered Wyoming’s governor to bail out health care facilities in “financial crisis.” Proponents of the bill painted a dramatic picture of the need for government intervention. According to some legislators, closing down Shepherd of the Valley would spell great discomfort—possibly even death—for residents too frail to be moved without risk.
The Wyoming House passed the Health Care Freedom Amendment (SJ00002) today by a vote of 49-11. “This amendment is a strong move on the part of Wyoming to protect health care freedom,” said Benjamin Barr, the Group’s constitutional attorney. “With this amendment, the Wyoming Legislature recognizes the need to protect one of our most precious liberties – making individual decisions about our health care needs.”
Senator Enzi addressed the Wyoming Senate and House Friday January 14th. His message was to trust the “legislative process.”
He cited a U. S. Senate Democrats’ attempt to avoid the normal legislative process of discussing bills in committee. This ultimately would have cost the US taxpayers an additional $7.1 billion. You might think the necessity of committee discussion is so obvious that it does not need defending, but sticking to his guns regarding “committee discussion” put Senator Enzi in the crosshairs of the national press and drew the wrath of many Americans during the recent Lame Duck Session.
by Charles Ware
Since the January 3, 2011 inauguration of Governor Matt Mead two weeks ago and the convening of the 2011 Session with its many new legislators, this observer has noted several changes beyond the usual, “what type of bills are being passed and who is being appointed to the executive branch offices.”
By Vern Cox
The Founders of our nations were gravely concerned about that the power of government should not become concentrated in one or a few persons or one in branch of government. They were also acutely aware, because of the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, that certain powers must be given to a national government. In their wisdom, they devised a plan of government that was new and unique to our nation. That form of government is called "dual sovereignty."