Gordon Calls Special Session For May 15 And 16


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, on the other hand, is calling a 2-day special session of the Wyoming Legislature next Friday and Saturday.

The May 15 and 16 special session is the state’s first since 2004 and will allocate $1.25 billion in federal funding to help businesses and others affected by public-health orders to limit spread of the virus.

The Legislature’s Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee discussed on Thursday a bill to provide $50 million in grants and loans to small businesses affected by the coronavirus. The panel plans to vote on it Monday with a positive vote sending it to the full Legislature

The planned first day is also when Gordon’s current coronavirus rules are further eased, allowing more restaurants and bars to reopen with servers wearing protective masks and patrons spaced more than 6 feet apart.

Except for a handful of recently approved local exemptions, most bars and sit-down restaurant dining establishments in the state have been closed since March.