Women's Economic Well-Being
A Paycheck Fairness Act, modeled on federal efforts, would include:
Protect against retaliation for discussing salaries.
Prohibit employers from requiring salary history during the interview and hiring process.
Require employers to prove that pay disparities exist for legitimate, job-related reasons.
Create negotiation skills programs for women & girls.
Women's Economic Well-Being
According to recent economic reports:
Raising the minimum wage benefits the nation's lowest wage workers and yields benefits for employers and businesses.
Higher wages for lower earners decrease employee turnover.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, 7 of 10 minimum wage workers in Wyoming are women.
In Wyoming, DWS recommends raising the minimum wage to help close the gender wage gap.
Access to Healthcare
Wyoming has a high rate of maternal mortality and morbidity. Prenatal care is hard to access. Pregnancy is dangerous.
Wyoming is one of only 12 states that has yet to expand Medicaid. Medicaid is correlated with better health for moms and babies, better health outcomes for women, and is among the strongest poverty reduction tools available for women.
Structural changes like multi-member districts and instant runoff voting help elect more women.
Voter "security" bills disproportionately disenfranchise female voters. More diverse voters elect more women & more diverse leaders.
Elected bodies with more women consistently advance more policy decisions that benefit women, families, and communities.
Women comprise less than 18% of the State Legislature (11/60 in the House, 5/30 in the Senate), 18% of all County Commissioners (18/93), and 18% of all Mayors (18/99).
66th Wyoming Legislature
Interim Committee Priorities | April to December 2022
Labor, Health & Social Services Committee
#1 Priority Maternal Health.
The Committee will evaluate ways to improve pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies across the state. The Committee will gather data on the number of babies born to substance-abusing mothers and other situations impacting maternal and infant health. The Committee will also investigate the benefits of extending postpartum Medicaid coverage for additional months.
Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions Committee
Priority #5 Elections Update/Discussion.
The committee will study various election topics during the interim. Possible topics include open primaries, ranked-choice voting, the possible creation of an independent redistricting commission, election code revisions, redistricting policies going forward, ballot order randomization, nonpartisan local elections and multi-member legislative districts.
Priority #3 Continuation of 2021 Interim Topics.
The Committee will continue discussions on several topics that were under consideration during the 2021 interim including electricity taxation, Medicaid expansion including consideration of using a provider tax to pay for the ten percent (10%) state share, and bills that were tabled in the 2021 interim related to sales tax exemptions on services, digital streaming services and the corporate income tax.