Compromise WLRC bill headed to the Govenor; Case said amended legislation is improved

St. Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander

St. Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander

By Ernie Over, managing editor,

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – St. Senator Cale Case reported Thursday that a bill calling for a study of the Wyoming Life Resource Center in Lander has been reported out of conference committee and approved by both the House and Senate. The bill, HB 68, now heads to Governor Matt Mead’s desk.

Conferees removed language from the bill that called for transitioning clients away from the Lander institution for the intellectually disabled and those with acquired brain injuries. As amended the bill now calls for a study of “the most effective and efficient means of providing care to” Life Resource Center clients. The bill also orders the study to determine “whether the care should be provided at the Life Resource Center or through community-based programs.”

The bill orders the Wyoming Department of Health to consult with the families and guardians of the WLRC residents and to study “opportunities to reduce overhead and other operations costs of the center.”

“It was a long journey,” Case reported, “I thank you all for your wonderful support,” he said in an email sent to WLRC supports Thursday afternoon. Case said the compromised bill is “not perfect, but better than how we started.” He also said the bill now includes “many of the concepts we developed.”