Wyoming Liberty Group
Boyd Wiggam talks to Gary Freeman on KGAB about the anti-development UDC standards and why downtown Cheyenne is better off without them. October 24, 2014 – KGAB.
The American Lands Council (ALC) met in Salt Lake City last week, October 7th through 9th. Wyoming's delegation consisted of Representatives David Miller, Jerry Paxton, and Marti Halverson; Senators Dan Dockstader, and Ogden Driskill; and two non-legislators, Bob Wharff of Wyoming Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, and your correspondent, Charles Curley.
LARAMIE – The Joint Judiciary Committee of the Wyoming Legislature voted to sponsor a bill that would substantially amend the Wyoming Controlled Substances Act today, by a vote of 12-1 (1 excused). The bill would eliminate the practice of “civil forfeiture” in Wyoming, which allows police to seize, and the attorney general to permanently deprive owners of, property that is allegedly related to the drug trade.
Boyd Wiggam and KGAB’s Gary Freeman talk about how property rights violations have led to the shortage of rental accommodation in Cheyenne and other cities in Wyoming. July 31, 2014 – KGAB.
Last week, at the meeting of the Joint Judiciary Committee of the Wyoming Legislature in Newcastle, I testified in favor of two bills that, if passed, will reform the practice of civil forfeiture in Wyoming. Both bills would bolster due process and property rights that are currently at risk under the Wyoming Controlled Substances Act. Wyoming police agencies may currently seize and the Attorney General may permanently forfeit one’s property on the basis that it’s “intended for use” in the drug trade, without actually charging the property owner of a drug crime. This includes cash, cars, firearms, houses, and just about any other personal property. The proposed committee bills will help alleviate—if not entirely end—cases where property is seized without charging the owner of a crime. Indeed, the second committee bill requires conviction of a felony before property may be forfeited.