New report shows Wyoming lawmakers work more, earn less than counterparts

A new report shows that state lawmakers – already some of the lowest-paid in the country – and their staff have been taking on unprecedentedly intensive workloads over the past few years.

Despite Wyoming’s legislature possessing the nation’s shortest sessions in the country – just 59 days, and half that in budget years – citizen legislators often stretch their committee work well beyond the scope of their time in Cheyenne.

According to the report – released Monday by Legislative Service Office staff – a legislative committee convenes roughly 327 days out of the year, good for the fourth-highest number of legislative days in a region that includes New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska, Montana and the Dakotas.