Wyoming Liberty Group
Senate File 68 – Property rights ombudsman is yet another example of the compounding cost of government regulatory interference. This bill would create an Office of Private Lands and Energy Ombudsman.
Normally, anything that would strengthen the position of private property rights owners versus state regulation should be a good thing. For that reason alone, SF 68 deserves a serious look by the Wyoming Legislature. However, that serious look must also be tempered by serious analysis. Legislators and citizens need to look past the catchy property rights ombudsman title of SF 68 and think critically about what this bill really says about the state of private property rights in Wyoming and even how the bill’s provisions might interact with existing private property rights. That analysis yields several, deeper questions that HB 68’s $150,000 price tag might not answer.