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Release: Bureaucrat Burden Grows in Wyoming as Business Climate Declines

CHEYENNE: The Wyoming Liberty Group released an analysis of state and local government employment data showing that in Wyoming, the burden of government is going up while in most other states it is going down.

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One Thousand Roads to Liberty

Ending a decade of contentious litigation, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued a controversial opinion last Friday upholding President Clinton’s “Roadless Rule.”  The rule in controversy was issued in the last days of the Clinton Administration and was designed to prohibit access to millions of acres of public land as well as to prevent new road construction for timber harvests, mining or natural resources development.  The State of Wyoming originally won in the United States District Court for Wyoming, but the Tenth Circuit ruled, unanimously, that Wyoming’s challenge was without merit and that the Roadless Rule would have the full force of law.

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August 20, 2011 – Lemonade Freedom Day!

The Lemonade Freedom Day web site says,

Please join us on August 20, 2011 and set up your own lemonade stand. We need to send a message to everyone who is listening. They can not shut down the kids lemonade stands. If you do not have kids or do not want to set up your own lemonade stand, please support a local kid’s lemonade stand. Selling lemonade is not a crime!”

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A Constitutional Analysis of Wyoming’s Firearms Freedom Act

O. Shane Balloun, a third-year law student at the University of Wyoming College of Law, recently published a comment (that’s “article commenting on a case or law” in legal-journal speak) in the Wyoming Law Review, “The Disarming Nature of the Wyoming Firearms Freedom Act: A Constitutional Analysis of Wyoming’s Interposition Between Its Citizens and the Federal Government.”  O. Shane has made the article available for download on his blog, and it’s a must-read for all gun rights advocates and anyone interested in nullification theory, whether a layperson or attorney.

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Civility in the Wyoming Legislature

by Charles Ware

If you have sat in the gallery in either the Wyoming House or Senate you have heard debates on bills using rather unusual language.  For example, “I agree with the good senator from Converse County;”  “On and against the bill;”  “I rise in support of the bill;” and “This is a friendly amendment.”  You may only be able to identify a legislator by seeing him, knowing his voice, or knowing the geography of the state, because legislators in debate do not address one another by name.  This keeps debate focused on the topic and prevents deterioration into personal opinions or personal attacks.   And this is the way it should be.  The Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate go to great lengths to school freshmen legislators in the “Legislative Rules of Civility.”  A legislator can surely disagree with an amendment or with a bill, and he can do so within the rules.  Again, by way of example, “I strongly disagree with the good Representative from Fremont County,” or “I oppose this bill.”

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Opening the Political Dam

by Benjamin Barr, Steve Klein

Liberty Brief 001 e1302493681397Opening the Political Dam: A Call to Free Speech Reform in Wyoming
Benjamin Barr

“All power is inherent in the people . . .”
Wyo. Const. art. I, § 1.

“Every person may freely speak, write and publish on all subjects . . .”
Wyo. Const. art. I, § 20.

“Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech . . . or the right of the people to peaceably assemble . . .”
U.S. Const. amend. I.

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Wyoming's Comfortable Dependency on Natural Resources May Backfire

The Consensus Revenue Estimating Group, CREG, of the Wyoming State Legislature has upgraded its forecast of state revenues. Compared to January 2010 the October CREG report suggests that revenues during the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011-12 Biennium will be 4.9 percent higher than predicted in January.

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