Author Archives: Steve Klein

About Steve Klein

serves as Staff Attorney and Research Counsel for the Wyoming Liberty Group.

Wyoming Legislature 2015: Political Speech Boogaloo

Although many excellent bills in the 2015 Legislative Session did not become law—asset forfeiture reform, drone regulation, and RS2477 rights of way, to name a few—a number of excellent amendments to the Wyoming Election Code passed and were signed by … Continue reading

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A Constitutional Coda to Wyoming’s Failure to Reform Asset Forfeiture

On Friday, in a devastating final vote of 7-to-23, the Wyoming Senate voted to not override Governor Matt Mead’s veto of Senate Enrolled Act 1 (SEA 1), which would have amended the Wyoming Controlled Substances Act (WCSA) to require a … Continue reading

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Free-Speech-Hating Thugs Lose Again

On Friday the Institute for Justice (IJ) won an important free speech victory against the Washington Public Disclosure Commission (PDC). IJ charitably refers to the PDC as “bullies.” I think a more apt description of the PDC is “free-speech-hating thugs.” … Continue reading

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Governor Mead Vetoes Due Process and Property Rights

After it passed the Wyoming Legislature overwhelmingly, with a final overall vote of 80-9 (1 excused), this evening Governor Matt Mead vetoed Senate Enrolled Act 1–or Senate File 14. The bill would replace civil forfeiture under the Wyoming Controlled Substances Act … Continue reading

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Wyoming Drone Protection Act Dies in Senate Judiciary

House Bill 18 – the Drone Protection Act – died this morning in the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 2-3. The bill was a committee bill, considered by the Joint Judiciary Committee (that is, the Senate and House … Continue reading

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WyLiberty Supports Passage of Bill to End Civil Forfeiture in Wyoming

If the government wants to forfeit property because it is profits from the drug trade, they should first convict the owner of being part of the drug trade. Continue reading

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Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform at the Wyoming Senate

After narrowly emerging from the Wyoming Senate Judiciary Committee by a 3-2 vote on Monday, yesterday the entire Wyoming Senate began to consider Senate File 14, which would replace civil forfeiture under the Wyoming Controlled Substances Act with criminal forfeiture. … Continue reading

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Free Speech Martyrs at Charlie Hebdo

Today, 12 people were murdered in Paris at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The murderers are (with about 99.9% certainty) cowardly fanatics who believe it is appropriate to shoot people for publishing cartoons lampooning Mohammed. We fight … Continue reading

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“Regulation Freedom” at the Wyoming Legislature

The Legislative Service Office continues to post bills that will be introduced next month when the Wyoming Legislature convenes for the 2015 General Session. Recent appearances include some proposed joint resolutions. On the House side so far there is a … Continue reading

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End Civil Forfeiture in Wyoming

In October, comedian John Oliver discussed the practice of civil asset forfeiture on his HBO program “Last Week Tonight.” His bit closed with a parody of the show “Law & Order,” featuring a police detective interrogating a pile of money … Continue reading

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