Governor Gordon signs legislation launching emergency rental assistance program

(Cheyenne, WY) – Governor Mark Gordon signed legislation today that officially launches the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) in Wyoming.

The program will utilize $200 million in federal funding to cover rent and utility costs for Wyomingites struggling financially due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governer signed an Executive Order in February directing the Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) to create the administrative infrastructure for the program so that funds could be distributed quickly upon passage of this authorizing legislation.

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“We have seen the need for this stabilizing relief since the federal government created this program in December,” Governor Gordon said. “I’m pleased to sign this important legislation, which follows my Executive Order, authorizing the state to responsibly and efficiently administer these funds to Wyoming renters and landlords.”

The Governor also signed the following additional bills into law this week:

Bill No. – Enrolled Act # – Bill Title

HB0187 – HEA0079 – Elected official residency requirement.

HJ0013 – HEJR 4 – Support of Taiwan.

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SF0068 – SEA0066 – Absenteeism in public schools.

SF0157 – SEA0068 – Property rights-limitation on local authority.

SF0038 – SEA0073 – Decentralized autonomous organizations.

The Governor allowed the following bills to go into law without his signature:

HB0163 – HEA0080 – Federal congressional elections-residency.

SF0130 – SEA0074 – Charter schools

HB0127 – HEA0093 – Public health amendments

Letters explaining the Governor’s action on the charter school and public health bills can be found here and here.

The full list of bills the Governor has taken action on during the 2021 Legislative Session as well as the Governor’s letters can be found on the Governor’s website

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