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Bill to increase Wyoming OSHA fines fails in senate

March 11, 2010

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The Wyoming state Senate on March 2 rejected a bill that would have increased penalty amounts issued by the state's occupational safety and health program.

The 15-15 vote means House Bill 93 (.pdf file) will not be heading to the governor's office (a majority vote is needed to pass a bill).

The legislation would have increased OSHA penalties across the board in the state. For example, the maximum penalty for willful violations would have risen to $120,000 from $70,000, and serious violations would have been raised to $8,000 from $5,000. The proposed increases are identical to those proposed at the federal level in both the Senate and House version of the Protecting America's Workers Act (S. 1580).



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