Wyoming Liberty Group
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard proved in 1939 that the world-changing magic of American innovation can spring from a home-based business, perhaps even in a small residential garage. Despite this, and other examples including many from Silicon Valley, some Wyoming cities are waging a campaign against entrepreneurship and small, Wyoming-grown, businesses. Cities like Cheyenne use zoning codes to prohibit residents from starting many small business types from home. While other homeowners in a residential neighborhood can have legitimate concerns about private nuisances such as noise, light, and congested parking, do cities need oppressive land use laws to govern home-based businesses or is there a better way? In fact Casper’s home occupations ordinance provides an example of what other cities can do to facilitate, instead of undermine, entrepreneurship in local communities.
Boyd Wiggam spoke with Gary Freeman on KGAB this morning about the Wyoming Oil & Gas Conservation Commission’s proposed oil and gas well set back rule, and at the local level, how overregulation can help cause a housing shortage and unaffordable market rate housing. March 13, 2015
The Food Freedom Act has passed in Wyoming. It decriminalized some voluntary capitalist acts between consenting individuals and not a moment too soon. Government regulation is no panacea and food regulation could soon become even more disconnected with its purported purpose of keeping us healthy. Seems the USDA may incorporate environmental sustainability in its upcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. As special interest groups exert more control over government, we must eliminate the dead hand of government from our food choices.
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 proposed amendment to the Wyoming Constitution that would make the Wyoming superintendent of schools an appointed position. Although this is the legitimate way to enact the notorious Senate File 104 (2013) following the Powers v. Wyoming case, it is likely to be met with controversy almost equaling the original SF104 effort. Perhaps controversial, but more uplifting is House Joint Resolution 1, “Regulation Freedom.”
The Casper Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is calling for an increase in the lodging tax from 3 to 4 percent. Local governments and their offshoot organizations looking for more money favor higher tourism taxes because many voters seem to believe out-of-county, if not out-of-state, visitors bear the tax burden.
There is, however, no evidence to support this belief. In addition, whether county or state residents are paying the tab or not, the reality is that money is going to fund a government program instead of paying for food, clothing or other travel related services provided by the private sector.
RAWLINS, WY – Wyoming Liberty Group provided information to the Joint Judiciary Interim Committee as it considered legislation that would regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles-commonly known as drones-by law enforcement agencies.
“Drones are quickly becoming smaller, more efficient, cheaper and common,” said Steve Klein, WyLiberty staff attorney. “Despite this, courts treat them just like manned airplanes when they’re used for surveillance, meaning police do not need to get a warrant before using them. The Judiciary Committee should adopt a committee bill that would fix this by requiring a warrant for most investigations using drones.”