Anti-BDS Bill introduced in Wyoming legislature

Anti-BDS Bill introduced in Wyoming legislature
HB0279            Wyoming anti boycott, divestment and sanctions.
Sponsored by: Winters
Introduced January 30, 2017
An act relating to public contracts and public funds; prohibiting public contracts with companies that boycott Israel as specified; requiring investment policies to limit investment of state funds and retirement funds in companies that boycott Israel; amending the duties of a trustee of the Wyoming Retirement System; and providing for an effective date.
 Sponsored by: Representative(s) Winters, Biteman, Blackburn, Byrd, Clem, Edwards and Jennings and Senator(s) Agar, Christensen and Peterson
The Caspar Star-Tribune reported Jan 16 : “A Jackson rabbi wants the Wyoming Legislature to bar the state government from doing business with companies that boycott Israel.”
[Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn] oversees Chabad Wyoming, an affiliate of an orthodox Jewish organization, in Jackson.

At Mendelsohn’s request, Rep. James Byrd, D-Cheyenne, sponsored a resolution that would ask state agencies to “make note of” whether a company was boycotting Israel or other World Trade Organization members when considering whether to enter into contracts, invest or award grants.

House Joint Resolution 4 was referred to the Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee last Friday.

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