To the editor:
Scott Weber’s letter to the editor and subsequent online comments had several inaccuracies that I feel a need to address.
First and foremost, SF 0069 was unconstitutional. This is an opinion shared by many legislators. It would have created classes of taxpayers, which is forbidden in Article 15, section 11 (c). I took an oath when I took office to uphold the Constitutions of the United Sates and of the State of Wyoming. As the Constitution is written, it will take a constitutional amendment, not just a bill, to cap the property tax.
I am happy to provide Mr. Weber and anyone else with a copy of our constitution. It is available online at sos.wyo.gov/Forms/Publications/WYConstitution.pdf.
In the May 24th meeting I held on the property tax refund programs at the library, there were many good ideas on how to structure a property tax cap. Using those ideas as well looking at other states’ property tax relief programs, I am having a bill drafted that would create a constitutional amendment to allow for capping of our property tax. The voters would have to approve the amendment in order for it to be enacted.
I am also having a bill drafted to double the veteran’s exemption. This was brought to me by several vets.
I find it interesting that Mr. Weber did not call on Representatives Dan Laursen and Rachel Rodriquez-Williams and Senator Tim French to bring property tax legislation to the floor of the House and Senate. I know Mr. Weber knows how to use the wyoleg.gov website to look up bills and am disappointed that he continues to misrepresent my legislative record.
In his online comments, Mr. Weber stated that I had not brought any legislation except the road-kill bill. I was a co-sponsor on the road-kill bill. In fact, I have sponsored seven bills. Three of the bills passed and became law.
2021 HB86 – Off road vehicle registration authorization. This bill’s idea was brought to me by a local motorcycle dealer who saw inconsistency in licensing off-road motorcycles. They were very helpful and testified in support of this bill in committee.
2021 HB197 – Connect Wyo Program federal funding. This bill provided funding to increase broadband access in our state. Our local internet providers and AARP supported this bill and testified in support of it in committee.
HB0044 – Mobile home and vehicle titles and transfers. This bill reduces unnecessary regulation for vehicle titles and transfers. The state’s county clerks supported this bill and testified in support.
I have also co-sponsored many bills including: HB75 Voter ID, SF67 – Repeal Gun-Free Zones and HB91 Removal of unenforceable property covenants to name a few.
I am committed to representing the citizens of House District 24 in the State Legislature. I am always available at Sandy.Newsome@WyoLeg.gov.
(s) sandy newsome