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Boyd Wiggam serves as staff attorney with the Wyoming Liberty Group focusing on property rights, local government, and land use planning and zoning issues. He previously worked as a civil litigation attorney and for various businesses serving farmers and landowners in Laramie County. Wiggam, a Wyoming native, was raised on a farm in Eastern Laramie County , received an undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming, did graduate coursework in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and received his law degree from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He is an active member of both the Wyoming State Bar and Virginia State Bar.

Dangerous Sign Regulation

Some sign regulations make driving more dangerous, not safer.

We are accustomed to obnoxious traffic laws and regulations government leaders claim will make us safer. Some overused examples are seatbelt laws and the prohibition against driving under the influence of alcohol. But Cheyenne’s local ordinance prohibiting drivers from receiving driving directions via cell phone while driving shows how just far local governments are willing to go to supposedly promote traffic safety—even when the laws make it harder for drivers to find and get to their destinations. But an emerging trend in sign regulation goes beyond obnoxiousness and actually makes driving more dangerous.

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Legislative Leadership's Pure Power Play Over Committees

Boyd Wiggam and Glenn Woods of Boldrepublic.com discuss the recent effort by Wyoming legislative leadership to limit access for to research and information from the Legislative Service Office other members of the legislature.

 

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Dangerous Sign Regulation Trends

Boyd Wiggam and Chuck Gray discuss an emerging sign regulation trend that makes driving more dangerous, on KVOC.

 

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Powerful Management Council Extends Control Over Legislative Research

Wyoming citizens face a new threat from the State Legislature. However this threat is not a new tax proposal or another attempt to further regulate daily life. Rather, this threat is a power grab by legislative leadership to further concentrate power over the legislature in the hands of the top legislative offices. This will shift even more control over the rank and file lawmakers from Wyoming voters to micromanaging legislative leaders.

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Downtown Cheyenne Still Looking For Its Vision

The leaders of Cheyenne’s Downtown Development Authority (“DDA”) conducted a strategic planning process. The solution for Downtown Cheyenne does not lie in more big-ticket government spending programs. Instead, downtown leaders need to focus on the basics without trying to micromanage the private real estate market.

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Eraser Is the Best Cure for Useless Laws

When local government lawmakers decide to expand freedom and economic opportunity for residents, a good first step is to take an eraser to ordinances that are already on the books. The Cheyenne City Council is taking a step in this direction by chipping away at one regulatory plague on daily life. They propose to repeal an outdated, unused licensing law for bicycles. The City Council will accomplish this rare feat if they approve the agenda item described as:

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Rawlins Flow Control Ordinance Is Attack on Economic Opportunity

Local governments in Wyoming have a nasty habit of attacking entrepreneurs. The most recent example of this campaign against economic opportunity is the City of Rawlins’s monopolistic Flow Control ordinance forcing garbage collection companies to deliver trash exclusively to the city-owned transfer station.

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