Kinner Expects Special Session on School Funding

State Rep. Mark Kinner expects there will be a special session of legislators to deal with school funding in Wyoming.

The Sheridan lawmaker said what legislators will see, potentially, is a recalibration of the school funding model. Kinner said this year's session, which is scheduled to end Friday, could be extended into three days next week, but he doesn't anticipate that will happen.

He said the Senate on Wednesday was acting on House Bill 236, which was the House version of the education funding bill. He said depending on the Senate's action, there could be major differences between the House and Senate versions of school funding legislation. In an interview with Sheridan Media Wednesday, Kinner expected that a conference committee could be appointed today to start working on differences between the two bills.

Still, according to Kinner, that probably won't negate the need for a special session. He said the current wisdom is that a special session could be held before the budget session starts next year, or legislators could start the budget session, then break for a few days to work on education funding. He said the speaker of the House and Senate president will have to visit with Gov. Mead to determine the process.