Bill to allow state of Wyoming to take over federal PAs in case of shutdown dies in committee

CHEYENNE — Despite favorable reception in the Wyoming Senate, a bill that would have allowed the state government to take over federal facilities in the case of a government shutdown or a natural disaster died before reaching the House floor Wednesday by a 3-5 vote.

Sponsored by longtime Sen. Charlie Scott, R-Casper, Senate File 148 would have essentially codified the governor’s authority to take over federal facilities in Wyoming — like its national parks — should the federal government be unable to “successfully operate” those facilities for any reason.

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