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8 I The Lovell Chronicle March 1, 2012 SENATE the Senate, Peterson said he knew he would have a fight on two of his issues contained in the budget bill. The first was the number one capi- tal construction priority of the Univer- sity of Wyoming: renovating and ex- panding the performing arts building on campus. He said the project is ur- gent because the board that reviews collegiate performing arts programs is threatening to yank the accreditation of the UW program due to the inade- quate facilities. Peterson said the building needs more practice rooms, a larger band room, a better stage, proper changing rooms and more. The Joint Appropri- ations Committee originally proposed funding half of the project, about $16 million, leaving the university to match that total through fundraising. But the university officials said they feared the matching money could not be raised in time to meet a 2014 deadline set by the accreditation review board. So the university came to Peterson and other members of the JAC with a proposal to put full funding in the budget for renovation only, without an expansion of the facility. That $14.2 million line item was included in the budget via an amendment. The amendment was approved ini- tially but was stripped out of the bill Monday in favor of funding for an en- gineering and technology building, Pe- terson said, which was fifth on UW's priority list. But funding for perform- ing arts was restored Tuesday morn- ing in an amendment to House Bill 121, which allocates Abandoned Mine Lands funding from the federal gov- ernment. The amendment takes $30 million from Wyoming Dept. of Trans- portation highway construction and continued from page 1 maintenance funding and redirects it to the university for performing arts, engineering and technology and an ag- ricultural facility in Sheridan. Peterson said it will be interesting to see how the UW funding comes out, noting that the House of Representa- tives kept the performing arts building funding in the House budget bill. The issue will be solved when the budget bills go to conference committee. NO BASEBALL STUDY Peterson's other provision that came under scrutiny in the budget process was a $250,000 allocation to fund a study of the feasibility of restor- ing baseball and adding women's soft- ball to athletic programs offered at the University of Wyoming. The money would also be used to hire an architect to study building an indoor baseball and softball facility at the university. Peterson said the university loses from 50 to 70 potential students out of state every year because they ei- ther receive a scholarship for or simply want to play baseball. The Senate stripped the funding from the budget bill Thursday. While Peterson lost that battle, his Medicaid fraud bill - SF81 - was one of thebills saved by the postponement of the:budget bill third reading Friday. The bill would establish the Wyoming Medicaid False Claims Act to allow for civil, as well as criminal, remedies for Medicaid fraud. The bill passed the Committee of the Whole Friday, second reading Monday and third reading Tuesday on a 30-0 vote. It now moves to the House. DOOMSDAY BILL Peterson said he was a co-sponsor of the so-called Doomsday Bill, HB85, which would have funded a task force to study state governmental continuity in the case of a massive collapse or dis- ruption of the federal government. "It's an interesting concept and has been receiving a lot of attention," Peterson said, though he noted that some of the attention has been very negative. The bill was killed on third read- ing in the House Tuesday on a 27-30 vote after what Peterson said were some frivolous amendments designed to swamp the bill. "I still think it's a worthwhile cause," he said. "It doesn't hurt to be prepared." One controversial bill that did sur- vive was House Bill 82, which would require drug testing for welfare recipi- ents. Peterson said he signed on as a co-sponsor of the bill, which passed the House on third reading Monday on a 37-23 vote. He was scheduled to testify in favor of the bill Wednesday morning when it was heard by the Senate La- bor Health and Social Services Com- mittee. Peterson said he has received many e-mails about the bill, with opin- ions mixed, but he said other states are considering similar legislation. "People are tired of the drain on so- cial programs," Peterson said. Coming up, the respective House and Senate versions of the budget will will be considered by a conference com- mittee, either late this week or early next week. Peterson said the Senate's version of the budget is about $16 mil- lion higher than the House version, which is not the norm, he said. "It's unusual for the Senate to be higher in spending," Peterson said. "It will be interesting to see what we give up and what we get to keep." DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain junior Kallee Jo Wilson goes strong to the basket against the Kemmerer Lady Rangers Friday morning in Riverton. See all of the Regional Basketball and State Wrestling results in this week's sports pages. New shipment of Tanning Lotion Just in. Best prices around! a "---"" , ......... ii  .... ,, : .,:  .!U!i=: -t!i I00REATIN BFAUTIFUL SMILES EVERYDAY! Flexible, . ......... .... Interest  FREE Free Initial Payment Exams Options 307-587-9009 1-866-747-6677 SUMMARY mine land funds. Outlines projects that will be paid for by the AML funds. These projects are one-time expendi- tures, not relying on the AML funds for ongoing expenses because they will run out. FRIDAY, FEB 24 HB0066 Industrial financial re- sources. Requires that a company can demonstrate the financial ability to , maintain and operate the facil- ity, thereby protecting the state from partly finished or abandoned industri- al sites. HB0087 Mixed martial arts. Cre- continued from page 7 ates a board to regulate mixed martial arts. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012 HB0051 Industrial assistance im- pact payments. This bill addresses how impact payments (the costs to lo- cal government for damages and road construction, etc) are made. I-IB0082 Public assistance-drug testing. Requires that people older than 18 who apply for POWER pay- ments (welfare cash assistance) take a drug test to qualify for assistance. If they test positive, they must seek treatment to reapply. The children and other adults who test negative in the household are not denied benefits. If the children are the only ones who qualify, a fiscal agent will be appointed to manage their funds to ensure their needs are met. This bill is designed to push people to treatment and recov- ery, not punishment. Representative Elaine Harvey can be reached at Harvey00@tctwest. net. To check on the status of bills call 1-800-342-9570. Follow the current legislative session at http://legisweb. state.wy.us. No Garbage Collection by Byron Solid Waste Thurs., March i or Fri., March 2. CONSIDERING A VASECTOMY? Why not have it done by the only board certified urologist located full time in the basin? DR. GUEGORY STEWART UROLOGICAL SERVICES OF NORTHERN WYOMINGy PC Specializing in the "no needle/no scalpel technique." 15 minute office procedure. Frequently done on Friday with the possibility of back to light-duty work on Monday. Dr. Gregory Stewart Vasectomy reverals also available at competitive pricing. Clinics held in Greybull (Midway Clinic) and Thermopolis (Hot Springs Co. Memorial Hospital) 225 W. Ym.owsoae Ave., Sum 9 Cov, WY To schedule an appointment please call 307.587-5131 Big Horn County Commissioner SCHOLARSHIPS Any Big Horn County high school senior who is not receiving a tuition scholarship Wyoming is eligible to apply for a County Commissioner Scholarship. Applications are to be submitted to the 31, Basin, WY 82410, no later than March 30, 2012. Applications will be available at the high schools and at the County Clerk's Office in Basin. 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