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House Minority Floor Leader Cathy Connolly, D-Laramie, speaks during the Legislative leadership press conference Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in the Historic Supreme Court chamber of the state Capitol. Leadership from both parties addressed members of the media and took questions following Gov. Mark Gordon’s State of the State address. Michael Cummo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

CHEYENNE – Despite Wyoming consistently having one of the largest pay gaps between men and women in the country, a bill promoting wage transparency among employees fell a single vote short of being introduced Friday in the House of Representatives.

House Bill 188 was sponsored by Rep. Cathy Connolly, D-Laramie, who has led several legislative efforts related to gender equality in previous sessions. However, only one of those bills, which raised fees for equal pay violations to the level for other labor penalties, has passed through the Legislature.

Tom Coulter is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s state government reporter. He can be reached at tcoulter@wyomingnews.com or 307-633-3124. Follow him on Twitter at @tomcoulter_.

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