WLRC bill amendment failed on House floor vote this morning; Amendment could be brought back on Third reading


(Updated at 11:55 a.m. In an e-mail Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, reported that the amendment failed to pass the House of Representatives.)

By Joshua Scheer, reporter, county10.com

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – A bill ordering a study of Wyoming Life Resource Center’s clients and the possibility of transitioning them to community service providers is scheduled to be discussed on the Wyoming House of Representatives floor today.

The House convenes for business at 10 a.m. and is the third and final item on the agenda for today.

In an e-mail this morning to members of the Friends of the Wyoming Life Resource Center, Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, urged individuals to contact members of the House and push for an approval of the amended bill that came out of the Labor Committee.

“It is at this time that the House will decide to adopt the changes that the Labor Committee made to the bill on Wednesday,” Case wrote. “We want the House to adopt these changes and possibly made further improvements …. OUR POSITION IS THAT WE SUPPORT THE BILL WITH AMENDMENTS AND OPPOSE THE UNFAIR UNAMENDED BILL.”

The original bill states: “The department of health shall conduct a study of the possibility of transitioning clients of the Wyoming life resource center to community based services.”

Per the proposed amendments, the same line would read: “The department of health shall conduct a study of the most effective and efficient means of providing needed care to clients of the Wyoming life resource center including whether care should be provided at the life resource center or through community based services.”

The amendment also includes:

“(viii)  An investigation of other services that may be effectively provided by the Wyoming life resource center to citizens of Wyoming in a manner which strengthens the delivery system to persons with developmental disabilities, acquired brain injuries or other conditions requiring services;

(ix)  Identification of ways in which the Wyoming life resource center can support the efforts of community programs, including but not limited to:

(A)  Wheelchairs, adaptive equipment and supportive orthotics;

(B)  Health consultations; or

(C)  Temporary residential services.”

Read the full original bill here.

“The best way to contact the House members is by email,” Case wrote. “EMAIL IS BETTER THAN THE HOTLINE AS THEY WON”T GET THE HOTLINE RESULTS UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE.”

Contact information for House members can be found here.