RIGHT TO LIFE OF WYOMING
2023 LEGISLATIVE AWARDS
There were two PRO-LIFE bills in the 2023 legislative session:
SF109 – Prohibiting Chemical Abortions – Signed by Governor Gordon
Prime Sponsor, Senator Tim Salazar
Co-Sponsors: Senator(s), Biteman, Boner, Brennan, Dockstader, French, Furphy, Hutchings, Ide, Kinskey, Kolb, Laursen, D, McKeown, Schuler and Steinmetz, and Representative(s) Allemand, Andrew, Angelos, Banks, Bear, Davis, Haroldson, Hornok, Jennings, Knapp, Locke, Neiman, O'Hearn, Olsen, Ottman, Pendergraft, Penn, Rodriguez-Williams, Singh, Slagle, Smith, Styvar, Trujillo, Ward and Washut
HB 152 – Life is a Human Right Act – Became law without Governor Gordon’s signature
Prime Sponsor, Rep. Rachel Rodriguez-Williams
Co-Sponsors: Representative(s) Rodriguez-Williams, Andrew, Angelos, Banks, Bear, Haroldson, Heiner, Hornok, Jennings, Knapp, Neiman, Niemiec, Olsen, Ottman, Penn, Singh, Slagle, Smith, Styvar, Ward, Washut and Winter, and Senator(s) Biteman, Boner, Bouchard, Brennan, Dockstader, French, Furphy, Hutchings, Ide, Laursen, D, McKeown, Salazar, Schuler and Steinmetz
* In scoring the legislators’ votes on these bills, Wyoming Right to Life looked at:
Bill Sponsorships. Prime sponsors received 15 points. Co-sponsors received 10 points.
* Votes in Committee. If a Representative or a Senator voted NO on a pro-life bill in his or her Committee, one point was deducted.
* Votes on Amendments. If an Amendment was opposed by WRTL, one point was deducted for the sponsor(s) and legislators who voted AYE, if there was a roll call vote. If there was no roll call vote, it was the amendment’s sponsor(s) that lost points. If the amendment was supported by WRTL, and there was a roll call vote, those voting NO lost a point.
If WRTL was neutral on an amendment, no points were deducted.
* Votes on third reading. The third reading vote, which is recorded, supporting our pro-life legislation was given five points. A NO vote earned a zero.
* Votes on Concurrence. Both bills underwent amendments in the second chamber. Each bill had to return to its original chamber for a “concurrence” vote. Aye votes earned 5 points, and NO votes earned zero points.
* If a member was Excused when a roll call vote was taken, no points were awarded, and no deductions were assessed.
As you noticed from the above, this year we have introduced “Deductions.” A recorded vote against life at any step in a bill’s progress through the process was given a deduction. Sponsorship of an amendment meant to weaken or harm a pro-life bill resulted in a deduction.
Our experience has been that some legislators fight a pro-life bill every step of the way until the recorded final third reading roll call vote, or the final roll call vote on concurrence. We think the deduction system caught some of those players.
We did not include an Honorable Mention category in 2023. The bar is getting higher, ladies and gentlemen, and Wyoming Right to Life is committed to the highest standard in recognizing our Champions for Life – from conception to natural death. Honorable Mention simply doesn’t cut it anymore.
Following is the list of Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners. To earn an award, the minimum a legislator had to do was vote AYE on three votes (two 3rd
Our two bills Prime Sponsors, Senator Salazar and Representative Rodriguez-Williams were given our highest PLATINUM awards. Prime sponsors work their bills for many, many months – working with the Legislative Service Office on multiple bill drafts, researching facts in support of their bills, developing arguments in support of their bills for debates in committee and on the floor, securing co-sponsors, and shepherding their bills through all of the steps on the way to final passage.
Congratulations, and thank you, Tim and Rachel!
Senate: 1 PLATINUM; 12 GOLD; 2 SILVER; 7 BRONZE = 22 of 31 Senators were recognized – 71% of the Senate.
House: 1 PLATINUM; 18 GOLD; 8 SILVER; 3 BRONZE = 30 of 62 Representatives were recognized – 48% of the House.
We are fortunate that over half of our legislators, 52 of 93, were recognized for staunchly promoting life in 2023. If your legislator does not appear here, there are two reasons: he or she voted NO (or was Excused) on SF109 and/or HB152, or sponsored/supported an amendment hostile to one of the bills.
Regardless of their votes on myriad other issues such as taxes, education, and the like, 56% of our legislators know that
REPRESENTATIVE RACHEL RODRIGUEZ-WILLIAMS
Prime Sponsor, HB152 – The Life is a Human Right Act
SENATOR TIM SALAZAR
Prime Sponsor, SF109 – To Prohibit Chemical Abortions in
Sen. Bo Biteman
Sen. Lynn Hutchings
Sen. Brian Boner
Sen. Bob Ide
Sen. Evie Brennan
Sen. Dan Laursen
Sen. Dan Dockstader
Sen. Troy McKeown
Sen. Tim French
Sen. Wendy Schuler
Sen. Dan Furphy
Sen. Cheri Steinmetz
Rep. Ocean Andrew
Rep. Abby Angelos
Rep. Dalton Banks
Rep. John Bear
Rep. Jeremy Haroldson
Rep. Ben Hornok
Rep. Mark Jennings
Rep. Christopher Knapp
Rep. Chip Neiman
Rep. Jared Olsen
Rep. Pepper Ottman
Rep. Sarah Penn
Rep. Daniel Singh
Rep. Allen Slagle
Rep. Scott Smith
Rep. Clarence Styvar
Rep. Jeanette Ward
Rep. Art Washut
Sen. Anthony Bouchard
Sen, John Kolb
Rep. Bill Allemand
Rep. Bob Davis
Rep. Scott Heiner
Rep. Tony Locke
Rep. Tony Niemiec
Rep. Ken Pendergraft
Rep. Tamara Trujillo
Rep. John Winter
Sen. Eric Barlow
Sen. Ed Cooper
Sen. Larry Hicks
Sen. Stacy Jones
Sen. Stephan Pappas
Sen. Dave Kinskey
Rep. Kevin O’Hearn
Rep. Tomi Strock
These members scored zero or below, indicating their radical anti-life, pro-abortion positions:
Sen. Cale Case (R) -
Sen. Mike Gierau (D) - Teton Rep. Karlee Provenza (D) -
Sen. Bill Landen (R) - Natrona Rep. Trey Sherwood (D) -
Sen. Chris Rothfuss (D) - Albany Rep. Liz Storer (D) - Teton
Sen. Charlie Scott (R) - Natrona Rep. Mike Yin (D) - Teton
Rep. Andrew Byron (R) -Teton