February 16, 2023 |
Governor Mark Gordon signed the first bills from the 2023 Legislative session during a public signing ceremony at the Capitol Wednesday.
The first bill the Governor signed was Senate File 0023. The “Court Supervised Treatment Programs Act” transfers responsibility and oversight of court-supervised treatment programs from the Wyoming Department of Health to the Wyoming Supreme Court.
Governor Gordon praised the legislation, saying offers an opportunity to strengthen the state’s drug treatment courts. At the signing, Chief Justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court Kate Fox expressed her support for the legislation, saying the bill will help improve the way the judicial branch addresses mental health and substance abuse issues.
The governor also signed House Bill 69. The legislation gives the governor flexibility over a state funding account dedicating to court battles against other states or even the federal government that “impede Wyoming’s ability to export coal” or that cause the early closure of coal-fired electric generation facilities in Wyoming or in other states that use Wyoming coal.
In signing the bill, Governor Gordon said, “Coal has a future in Wyoming.”