Wyoming Liberty Group
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.
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.”
“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.
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.
Flattering Index Downplays Cowboy State’s tepid GDP Performance
A survey by 24/7 Wall Street ranked Wyoming as the best-run state in the nation. This is of course good news for the Cowboy State, but the incoming state legislature and governor are well advised not to let this ranking motivate complacency. Wyoming has some serious problems that are buried or reduced by this index.