Infrastructure Protest Bill Back Before Wyoming Legislature
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Another attempt is being made in the Wyoming Legislature to impose tougher penalties against protesters who intentionally disrupt pipelines, power plants, refineries and other such facilities in the state.
The House Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee heard testimony Monday from about two dozen people for and against House Bill 10. The committee will take up the bill again on Friday.
The measure proposes tougher penalties for trespassing on, impeding or damaging facilities, which would also include telecommunications towers, dams, data centers and solar and wind farms. In addition, groups behind any such acts could be fined up to $100,000.
Opponents say the bill would infringe on the rights of protesters and landowners. Supporters say no rights would be threatened.
Former Gov. Matt Mead vetoed a similar measure last year.