Wyoming Liberty Group
CHEYENNE, WY –Wyoming Governor Matt Mead signed Senate File 46 this afternoon, which amends civil asset forfeiture under the Wyoming Controlled Substances Act. The bill passed the Wyoming Legislature with a final vote of 90-0. It implements a preliminary hearing for property owners, increases the evidence required to forfeit suspected drug property, and provides legal fees to property owners when the state fails to prove its case for forfeiture, among other changes.
Boyd Wiggam spoke with Gary Freeman on KGAB about a Rawlins city trash monopoly undermining entrepreneurship, the lawsuit environmentalists filed challenging Wyoming’s new trespass laws, and The Guild Charter School’s appeal of Natrorona County School District’s denial of its charter application.
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.
Cheyenne residents were upset when they learned that City of Cheyenne officials had sent a notice of violation to a homeowner at the corner of Warren and 3rd Avenues demanding that she remove a cottonwood tree stump that is located in the City’s right-of-way. According to the Cheyenne Urban Forestry Division’s Assistant Director, “in the case of stumps, it’s often an aesthetic issue when the stumps need to be removed. City regulations require the stump to be removed and ground up to a depth of 8 inches.” However, the landowner claims that her stump is special because she had it carved into a statue. So is it a stump or a statute? And a quick look around Cheyenne raises an even more fundamental question, should it even make a difference?
Boyd Wiggam discussed how one Cheyenne resident had to fight to protect her wooden bear statute from a city enforcement officer who called it a stump and demanded she remove it—even though the City of Cheyenne spends taxpayer money for other statues of wildlife around the city, with Chuck Gray on KVOC. November 25, 2015