June 14, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has released the planning framework for how to leverage resources, including federal relief funds, to make sure Wyoming thrives in the years to come. Governor Gordon wants to ensure that funds are spent strategically, to maximize the benefits to the state.
June 9, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced the launch of a new website that will provide detailed, updated information on drought conditions in Wyoming. Developed through a collaboration of multiple state and federal agencies, drought.wyo.gov will be a resource for multiple sectors that monitor drought conditions.
June 8, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced that up to $12 million of remaining CARES Act funds will be used to fund the Energy Rebound Program, which is designed to get more people working in the energy industry. In 2020 the Energy Rebound Program provided badly needed capital for specified oil and gas projects, including drilled but uncompleted ventures, workovers, and reclamation of oil and gas wells through the plugging and abandonment process.
June 7, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming and Montana have filed their response to the federal Solicitor General of the United States in their coal port original action case. Governor Gordon directed Wyoming to challenge policies in Washington State to defend Wyoming’s sovereignty. The two states argue that the State of Washington’s discriminatory policies against the coal industry are continuing, and only the Supreme Court of the United States can grant relief to the states.
June 4, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon, Wyoming Senate President Dan Dockstader and Speaker of the House Eric Barlow jointly recognize that Wyoming has a rare opportunity to invest in the future of the state with funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The State has received $534 million in ARPA funds to date, with another $534 million anticipated during 2022. Unlike the short time frame to expend funds received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the State of Wyoming has until December 31, 2024 to obligate the ARPA funds and until December 31, 2026 to spend these funds.
June 3, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon has announced his membership selections for the Baggs Mule Deer Migration Corridor Local Area Working Group pursuant to Migration Corridor Executive Order 2020-1. The Order supports conservation of mule deer and pronghorn, protects landowner rights and accommodates multiple-use opportunities.
June 3, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – TerraPower and PacifiCorp, today announced efforts to advance a Natrium™ reactor demonstration project at a retiring coal plant in Wyoming. The companies are evaluating several potential locations in the state.
May 21, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced the appointment of Darlena Potter to replace Ruth Van Mark as Wyoming's Public Records Ombudsman. Potter has served as Governor Gordon's Constituent Liaison since September of 2019, serving effectively as a conduit that provides assistance to both state agencies and constituents.
May 19, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon has announced the membership of his K-12 Education advisory group, setting in motion an effort to lead Wyoming’s education system into the future. The Reimagining and Innovating the Delivery of Education (RIDE) Advisory Group is tasked to study and develop recommendations for elevating Wyoming’s primary and secondary education system into a position of national leadership.
May 18, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has appointed Deputy Director Stefan Johansson as Interim Director of the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) and Information Services Administrator Timothy Sheehan as Interim Chief Information Officer of the Department of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS).
May 17, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has identified the areas on which he will focus to administer federal dollars awarded to the state under the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery funds provided by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. Wyoming recently received the first half of the state’s allocation.
May 13, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon has recognized the efforts of the Consumer Protection Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office after a joint settlement returned more than $500,000 to the State to support consumer protection enforcement.
May 12, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced that Wyoming will end its participation in federal supplemental unemployment benefits in order to address workforce shortages being felt throughout the state. The programs include Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and Continued Assistance to Unemployed Workers Act of 2020. The additional payments will no longer be available to claimants as of June 19, 2021.
May 7, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon has issued a directive that prevents state agencies, boards and commissions from requiring “vaccine passports” to access state spaces and state services. The directive instructs state agencies, boards, and commissions to provide full access to state spaces and state services, regardless of a constituent’s COVID-19 vaccination status.
May 6, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has directed the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) and Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT) to partner to temporarily reopen and operate nine previously closed rest areas for at least the duration of the 2021 tourist season.
May 5, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon is welcoming news that the Federal Reserve has announced the opening of a comment period for proposed “Account Access Guidelines for the Reserve Banks”, a critical step towards approval of Wyoming-chartered special purpose depository institutions (SPDIs).
April 30, 2021
GILLETTE, Wyo. – Wyoming’s Integrated Test Center will host one of two projects selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for Phase III funding of a large-scale pilot carbon capture project. Membrane Technology and Research (MTR) was awarded $51,699,939 from DOE, and with additional non-federal funding, this project will bring over $64 million in research dollars into Wyoming.
April 28, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has expressed his support to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for an upcoming wild horse gather, removal and fertility control program in southern Wyoming’s checkerboard lands in Carbon, Fremont, Lincoln, Sublette, and Sweetwater counties.
April 27, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – During testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today, Governor Mark Gordon stressed the importance of oil and gas leasing on federal lands in Wyoming, and emphasized that the current moratorium is both unnecessary and discriminatory.
April 22, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming has joined Louisiana and 8 other states in a lawsuit to prevent the Biden Administration from implementing an act of job-killing executive overreach that threatens to impose more burdens and harms on the American people.
April 21, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – 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.
April 16, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon is standing up for Wyoming’s oil and gas industry in a letter to the Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. He stated that the cancellation of Federal oil and gas lease sales during a “review” of the program was unnecessary and discriminatory to the people of Wyoming.
April 14, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. Governor Gordon and the Carbon County Commission are accepting applications to serve on the Baggs Mule Deer Migration Corridor Local Area Working Group.
April 8, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Reinforcing his overarching belief in protecting Second Amendment rights in the face of today’s Executive Actions by President Biden, Governor Mark Gordon signed House Bill 236/House Enrolled Act 87- Firearms transactions - financial discrimination into law. The bill prohibits financial institutions and payment processors in Wyoming from discriminating against firearms businesses that support or are “engaged in the lawful commerce of firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition products.”
April 8, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has charged a diverse group of stakeholders with developing a blueprint for the use of federal relief funds that will be distributed to the State of Wyoming and local governments later this year through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Estimates are that the State of Wyoming will receive $1.1 billion.
April 5, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon took action on 32 bills on Monday, April 5. The Governor signed 31 bills into law today and vetoed one bill.
April 2, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon took action on 10 bills on Friday, April 2. The Governor signed 9 bills into law today and vetoed one bill.
March 31, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced that beginning today all Wyoming residents ages 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. All 23 counties have now entered Phase 2 of the vaccine distribution plan and are scheduling appointments for the general population.
March 24, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The state of Wyoming filed a lawsuit today challenging the de-facto moratorium on oil and gas leasing on federal land issued by President Biden and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. The suit asserts that Haaland’s implementation of the leasing moratorium contained in Executive Order 14008 is invalid under federal law.
March 22, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming Governor’s Big Game License Coalition has finalized 2020 fundraising numbers and reports raising nearly $1.1 million for Wyoming wildlife conservation efforts. The funds were generated through the sale of the Wyoming Governor's complimentary big game licenses.
March 19, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon announced that the last Wyoming National Guard members serving in Washington DC as part of the Capitol Response mission have returned home.
March 19, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has signed a proclamation declaring Saturday, March 20 Hearty Meat Day in Wyoming. The Governor encourages Wyomingites to purchase and eat beef, lamb and other meat products on this day.
March 19, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has joined a bi-partisan group of Governors in writing a letter of support to Congress on the SCALE Act. Co-sponsored by Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the bill will support the buildout of the infrastructure necessary to transport CO2 from where it is captured to where it can be utilized in manufacturing or safely and securely sequestered underground.
March 18, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming has joined 20 other states in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the decision by the Biden Administration to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The Governor has also issued an executive order requesting the Attorney General evaluate all Presidential and Executive orders for constitutionality and to take actions to protect the rights of Wyoming citizens.
March 17, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Responding to requests from affected counties, and following a thorough review of conditions, Governor Mark Gordon has issued an emergency declaration to facilitate a coordinated response in the aftermath of a severe winter storm that has affected portions of the state.
March 10, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has convened an emergency response team to mitigate impacts and seek solutions to the discovery of invasive zebra mussels in Wyoming. The team, led by Director Brian Nesvik of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Director Doug Miyamoto of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, is working to remove the products that carry zebra mussels and contain their potential spread.
March 8, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon announced Wyoming will remove its statewide mask requirement and allow bars, restaurants, theaters and gyms to resume normal operations on March 16. The decision reflects the state’s continually improving health metrics and is consistent with the Governor’s approach of balancing public health with protecting livelihoods.
March 2, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon emphasized his commitment to Wyoming’s energy economy and its fiscal health in his 2021 State of the State address. He asked the Legislature to think carefully about the balanced budget he presented to them and to position Wyoming for the future when addressing K-12 education funding. The Governor's prepared comments may be found here.
February 26, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon sent the Wyoming Senate his list of nominees for numerous state offices, boards and commissions. These nominees are subject to confirmation by the Senate.
February 25, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon and the Wyoming Department of Health have announced the removal of a health order addressing operations of personal care services, along with a continued relaxing of COVID-19 protocols as Wyoming’s metrics continue to improve.
February 22, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon led a coalition of 17 Republican Governors urging President Joe Biden to withdraw an Executive Order that bans new oil and gas development on federal land and in offshore waters.
February 17, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – In a letter to Department of the Interior Acting Secretary Scott de la Vega, Governor Mark Gordon outlined concerns over de la Vega’s Secretarial Order 3395, which is causing delays in routine approvals for oil and gas companies holding valid drilling permits.
February 13, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon’s Missing & Murdered Indigenous Persons (“M&MIP”) Task Force met on Wednesday, February 17th, to review the findings of Wyoming’s first Murder and Missing Indigineous Persons Statewide Report and to discuss the ongoing documentary project. The recorded meeting is available on the Division’s website: http://ag.wyo.gov/victim-services-home-page.
February 11, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon announced a continued relaxation of health orders as data from most Wyoming counties shows declines in both case counts and hospitalizations. Beginning Feb. 15 attendance limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings will increase, reflecting the state’s progress in its fight against COVID-19.
February 9, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon issued an Executive Order to allow the Wyoming Department of Family Services to begin its preparations to administer the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This allows the State to prepare its distribution plan for this program while providing the opportunity to work with the Legislature on details before launching the program.
February 8, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon signed the first two bills of the eight-day virtual legislative session today. The bills are pieces of legislation that Governor Gordon supported and that provide a boost to the state’s energy, minerals and agricultural industries. The new laws direct the Wyoming Energy Authority to support efforts to expand the state’s rare earth minerals industry and implement recommendations made by his Invasive Species Initiative.
February 3, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming Legislature has met virtually over the last week, but starting March 1, state lawmakers will convene a hybrid in-person and remote session. To ensure the safest possible experience for those who must participate, Governor Mark Gordon, President of the Senate Dan Dockstader and Speaker of the House Eric Barlow have committed to a joint plan to ensure increased safety for the session.
January 29, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has issued an Executive Order (EO) directing state agencies to examine the financial impacts of President Biden’s ban on new sales of federal oil and gas leases as well as the potential legal options available to Wyoming.
January 26, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon is slamming plans by the Biden administration to halt the issuing of new oil and gas leases on federal land, calling the decision a misguided approach that will have severe economic consequences to Wyoming and other western states.
January 12, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon emphasized the need for Wyoming to live within its means, defend its energy industry and revitalize education during a message to the legislature delivered during today’s one-day virtual legislative meeting.
January 3, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced a return to normal operating hours for bars and restaurants, praising the response by Wyomingites that has resulted in a decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations around the state. Effective January 9, updated health orders permit bars and restaurants to resume onsite consumption from 10 pm to 5 am. The updated orders also allow gyms to increase the number of participants in group fitness classes from 10 to 25.