The Wyoming House gave initial approval Wednesday to legislation that would provide funding to local governments affected by energy booms and declines.
House Bill 212 would provide grants to cities, towns or counties as a way for them to cope with a burst or loss in population in relation to energy development.
The state would evaluate the grants by looking at forecasts of anticipated sales and use tax revenues. Efforts to minimize impacts to schools, sewers, hospitals, housing and water supplies are among the things the state would help subsidize in local communities.
The State Loan and Investment Board would administer the grants to the Office of State Lands, which would then distribute the money to communities in need.
The board would be responsible for determining which cities, towns or counties qualify. The bill allots $1 million each year for 2013 and 2014.
The bill passed its first House floor debate on Wednesday. If it passes its second vote, it would be on the House floor for a third and final debate by early next week, then advance to the state Senate.