2018 Wyoming Statutes
SECTION 28-8-116 - Confidential communications.

Universal Citation: WY Stat § 28-8-116 (2018)

28-8-116. Confidential communications.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (d) of this section and unless the privilege is waived by the individual legislator involved, the following shall be deemed confidential and privileged:

(i) Communications between a legislator and legislative staff relating to:

(A) A request for research or advice on a legislative issue;

(B) A request for the drafting of legislation or amendments to legislation;

(C) Any matter under consideration by a legislative committee other than communications made publicly to legislative staff in a public meeting of the committee;

(D) Development of a legislator's position on legislation or discussion of any matter arising out of or relating to the deliberative process of the legislature.

(ii) All documents and electronic records, including but not limited to correspondence, e-mail, notes, memoranda and preliminary or final drafts, received by a legislator or legislative staff or prepared or assembled by a legislator or legislative staff in regard to a communication under paragraph (a)(i) of this section, other than a version of a bill or amendment approved for introduction;

(iii) Communications between a legislator and a contractor or consultant retained by the legislature other than communications made publicly in a public meeting.

(b) Private communications of or to a legislator in his official capacity including but not limited to communications with constituents are confidential until otherwise disclosed by the legislator or the individual who is party to the communication.

(c) As used in this section, "legislative staff" means the staff of the legislative service office, session staff employed by the legislature and legislative interns and aides.

(d) The recording or broadcast of a communication made by a legislator or legislative staff which would otherwise be confidential and privileged under this section shall not be deemed confidential and privileged to the extent that the communication is audible on the official legislative service office recording or broadcast of a public meeting of management council, the joint appropriations committee, the management audit committee, a joint interim committee, select committee or task force. Nothing in this subsection shall be deemed to waive the privilege for any communication or portion of a communication that is not audible on the recording or broadcast.

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