Making Sense of Guns and Gun Violence Research with Stephen Colbert

March 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

Colbert–The Word-on guns.

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/424142/february-25-2013/the-word—silent-but-deadly

Stephen Colbert as the fictional Stephen Colbert

Article with Some Information on Wyoming’s NCLB Waiver Request

March 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

This article indicates that Wyoming’s attempt to receive a waiver from the No Child Left Behind requirements may be lacking. It is well past time for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to be re-authorized. I asked Senator Enzi who serves on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee about this a few months ago. He blames the administration. Shocking!

Wyoming had been one of only a handful of states to not request a waiver.

TEDx Video on “Hackschooling”

March 11, 2013 § 1 Comment

Would it be possible to make public school education more like this? Nature, service, spirituality all a part of an education that is about making a life, not a living.

The Right to Bear…

February 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

Don't need a gun if you have a shovel. HB 143, allowing the collection of roadkill, did not pass the Senate.

Don’t need a gun if you have shovel. Alas, HB 143, allowing the collection of roadkill and a run-away favorite in the House, did not pass the Senate.

Wyoming Life Resource Center Bill Heads to Gov. Mead’s Desk

February 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

It wasn’t all that supporters of the Wyoming Life Resource Center had hoped for, but it was significantly better than where this legislation began. After going to conference committee House Bill 68 passed both the House and the Senate with the original language changed from calling for a study to assess the “possibility of transitioning some or all” from the WLRC to instead a study that explores the “most effective and efficient means of providing needed care to” WLRC clients. A difference of just a few words, but significant to those families who have chosen the WLRC for their loved one.

The bill was stripped of language asking for the study to include exploration of ways to better market the WLRC both in and out of state.

While not a perfect outcome, the bill that the Governor will see offers a significantly more balanced approach than the original House version. It was through the hard work of families of clients of the WLRC and other concerned citizens that the bill was improved. Hopefully the better understanding that many in Lander and the surrounding area have of this gem hidden before our eyes will lead to even greater collaboration between the WLRC and the local communities.

See the bill that will hit the Governor’s desk soon: HB68AsPassedLegislature

Rut-ro. Balanced WLRC Study In Trouble

February 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Wyoming Life Resource Center is the home to more than 90 of our most vulnerable citizens.

The Wyoming Life Resource Center is the home to more than 90 of our most vulnerable citizens.

In the roller coaster ride that is our legislative process yesterday we went from the tremendous high of having the amended bill that would assure a balanced study of the Wyoming Life Resource Center sail through the Senate to just a few hours later having the amended bill trounced when it went back to the House for concurrence. The original House Bill 68 called for a study to transition clients out of the WLRC to community based programs or nursing homes. The Senate amended bill takes a different, and better ,approach requiring a balanced study on effectively and efficiently meeting the care needs of the clients of the WLRC. Without House concurrence the bill now goes to a conference committee to negotiate a compromise and then be returned to both chambers for a vote. This compromise could be the original House bill. Or it could be the amended Senate bill. Or it could be something in between. Or there could be no compromise and it dies.

We need to encourage the conferees that the amended Senate bill is the best way forward. It is client centered and unlike the original bill it does not presume that best outcome for the residents of the WLRC is to moved from their home on campus. Click on the names below to be taken to each of the conferee’s profile and email address.

The House Conferees are Elaine Harvey, Lee Filer, Matt Greene. Green and Harvey both voted against accepting the Senate amendments and Filer voted for. We should encourage Filer to hang in there with support of the amended bill and work to influence Harvey and Greene to agree to the amended version.
The Senate Conferees are Charlie Scott, Eli Bebout and Stan Cooper. All three voted for the amended bill. A thank you and encouraging word would be in order.

Onward!

 

Wyoming Life Resource Center Study Passes Senate. Not Done Yet.

February 13, 2013 § 1 Comment

Joe Quiroz, Lora Davidson and David Kellogg Present Information on HB 68 at the February 13, 2013 meeting of LEADER Corp.

Joe Quiroz, Lora Davidson and David Kellogg Present Information on HB 68 at the February 13, 2013 meeting of LEADER Corp.

House Bill 68, authorizing a study of the Wyoming Life Resource Center has passed the Senate with important and positive amendments included. These amendments have moved the study from one of  how to transition WLRC clients to community-based programs and nursing homes to one that focuses on how best to care for these vulnerable Wyoming citizens. This is great news for the clients and families that have chosen the WLRC for their care.

There remains a major hurdle. The House version that was passed does not contain the Senate amendments. The ideal remedy would be for the House to “concur” with the amended Senate version and then it will go to the Governor. If they don’t concur then both bodies will appoint members to a conference committee to negotiate agreement. This will likely lead to a poor outcome.

Please write to House members and ask that they “Please Concur with the Senate Amended House Bill 68.” Fremont County representatives with the exception of David Miller and Nathan Winters are on board. Focus your attentions on Representatives outside of Fremont County. Email addresses for members of the Wyoming House of Representatives are here.

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