Rothwell Hall at the current Wyoming Life Resource Center. (Joshua Scheer photo) 

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Committee is meeting today and tomorrow in Cheyenne and one of the topics on tomorrow’s agenda is draft legislation to replace the Wyoming Life Resource Center in Lander.

The bill, 14LSO0233.C1, is sponsored by the Interim Committee and it calls on the Wyoming State Building Commission to perform a Level I Reconnaissance study and a Level II feasibility study for the construction of a new facility to replace the Wyoming Life Resource Center. The draft legislation indicated the legislature has determined the need for the project. It directs the commission “to analyze appropriate, available sites at Lander (Wyoming) for the new facility.” The draft bill indicates the project could be funded by the current sale of the present WLRC, which sits on the eastern bluff above the Popo Agie River overlooking Lander.

The bill would also “assumes Wyoming statutory law is changed to allow eligibility for services at the life resource center to be conditioned on Medicaid and private pay qualification.”

Lander St. Rep. Lloyd Larsen is a member of the Interim Committee. The bill is expected to be discussed by the committee during Friday’s session in Cheyenne.

In addition to a new facility, the bill also calls for the studies to determine what services would be provided at the center and what populations would be eligible to receive services there.

The study is proposed to be completed by June 30, 2015.