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How Key Bills Fared in the Wyoming Legislature

Here's a roundup of some of the most high-profile measure the Wyoming Legislature considered during the 2017 session, which adjourned the night of March 3. 

Wind Energy Production Tax

Name: Wind energy production tax, House Bill 127

Sponsor: Rep. Scott Clem, R-Gillette, Rep. Mike Madden, R-Buffalo, Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander

What it does: An idea debated and discarded during the interim session, the bill would increase the wind tax to $5 per megawatt hour. Wyoming is the only state with a wind tax. It is currently set at $1 per megawatt hour.

What they're saying: Clem and Case say wind farms blot the Wyoming vista and send clean energy to other states without contributing significatnly to the Wyoming economy. Opponents say the tax is a business killer.

Status: HB 127 was defeated by 7-2 vote in the House Revenue Committee on Jan. 23.

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