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rhunday, June 3,2004 "WHERE THE KID GOT HIS NAME" The Sundance limes 4 !1 Gill, Cameron Hooper and Randy Ludeman are manning the grill at the end of the Year barbeque at the high school on Wednesday. Elementary held their field day on Wednesday. Counterclockwise from top are Brian Cundy, Lane Carter, Zack Meier, Marc Mouat, Chase Wadley and Michael enjoying tl'ddr bag lunches and last day of school on the playground. . office of Mark Semlek SPecial session a possibility 8eriate President April Brimmer Kunz and House Fred Parady have directed staff of the Wyo- Legislative Service Office to initiate a poll of naembership of the 57th Wyoming Legislature determine whether the Legislature should call into session. A special session will majority of the membership elected houses responds in the affirmative to the poll. The purpose of the special session be to address issues related to medical mal- insurance availability and related poten- JUdicial system reforms. Legislative Service Office will mail its ballots May 27, 2004, to all members. Speaker and President Kunz have requested that leg- return the poll as soon as possible to de- ft a special session will be held. If a major- of the membership elected to both houses re- in the affirmative to the written poll, Presi- Kunz and Speaker Parady anticipate a special would commence Monday, July 12, 2004, WOuld likely be completed by July 16 or 17, 2004. voters amended the Wyoming constitu- In November 2002 to allow Wyoming Legisla- te convene a special session. Prior to the pas- of the constitutional amendment, only the could call the Legislature into a special Since the passage of the amendment, this first time the presiding officers of the Legis- have invoked the authority to call for a spe- seSSion through a poll of the membership. Mark Semlek announced his in- to support the vote to call a special ses- WEe need to send a positive message to the people of Wyoming and our health care providers that rural medical care is vital to our state." Tort reform was considered in the last legislative ses- sion in House Joint Resolution Two, but the mea- sure fell short by five votes in the House for the necessary two-thirds vote needed for passage for constitutional amendments. Semlek voted to sup- port the constititutional amendment that would limit the non-economic damages that may be re- covered for causing personal injury or death of any person. During the 2004 legislative budget session, sev- eral bills were considered to deal with Wyoming's high medical malpractice insurance rates but only two pieces of legislation passed. A medical review panel constitutional amendment to be considered by the voters of Wyoming in an upcoming statewide election and an obstetric subsidy bill passed both houses and was signed into law by the Governor. Representative Semlek cosponsored the O.B. sub- sidy bill with Senator Scott and Townsend and Rep- resentative Osborn. The act provides $3.2 million for additional payments to physicians for O.B. pa- tients under the Wyoming Medical Assistance Act. A large area of eastern Wyoming from Torrington to Gillette, including the communities of Lusk, Newcastle, Upton, Moorcroft, Hulett and Sundance presently do not have obstetric medical services. Representative Semlek acknowledged the cost to the state of calling a special session of the legisla- ture but stated, "We must persist to help find solu- tions that will allow health care providers to con- tinue to be able to practice in our small rural com- munities and throughout Wyoming." Sheriff's Dispatch Blotter May 24-Two paper services. One traffic stop. Four VIN checks. Safety inspection on a 4-wheeler. Two motorist assists. Traffic complaint. Accident. May 25-One traffic stop. One VIN check. Safety inspection done on a 4-wheeler. Canine training done at two different lo- cations. Suspicious circum- stances, unable to locate. Sus- picious person, checked out okay.Traveler's aid given. Traffic complaint. May 26-Three VIN checks. Ani- mal complaint, under investiga- tion. Public relations. Welfare check done. Theft from a vehicle, turned over to Hulett police. As- sisted Hulett ambulance, can- celled as they had enough help. Accident report done. Paged Hulett EMS and fire department to a vehicle accident, patient taken to Spearfish. Paged Sun- dance EMS and fire department to a business, patient taken to Sundance Hospital, patient transferred on to Rapid City. Paged'Hulett EMS to a resi- dence, patient taken to Spearfish. May 27-Three paper services. Two traffic stops. Booking done. Child neglect, under investiga- tion. Motorist assist. Trespass- ing, person was asked to leave property. Paged Moorcroft EMS to a residence, patient taken to Sundance and then transferred on to Fort Meade. Paged Moor- croft EMS to a residence, patient taken to Gillette. May 28-Five paper services. Three traffic stops. Booking done. Prisoner transport done. Arrest made on a warrant. Assisted Moorcroft police at an accident. Paged Moorcroft EMS to high school football field, patient taken to Gillette. Paged Moor- croft EMS and fire department to a vehicle accident. Patients taken to Gillette. Paged Sun- dance EMS for a transfer to Rapid City. May 29-Five paper services. Six traffic stops. Assisted Moorcroft police on a domestic call. As- sisted Wyoming Highway Patrol on traffic stop. Accident reported in Crook County on 1-90. Turned out to be in Campbell County. Hulett EMS responded to a resi- dence to transfer patient to Sun- dance. Paged Pine Haven Fire Department to repo~