Take Action

The Alliance works to proactively create a better future for Jackson Hole, and sometimes this requires defending our environment and community against bad ideas. We keep track of a variety of policies, plans, and issues affecting our valley, and need your help shaping their outcome.

We’re currently watching and engaging with the following issues, and will post updates on this page. If something is headed for consideration by decision-makers, we’ll need your help to advocate for an outcome that is good for our wildlife, wild places, and community character. Click on links to learn more and to share your opinion with the appropriate representatives.

State decisions

The Wyoming State Legislature is in session, and we have our eye on a number of the bills they’ll consider as the session moves forward.

We’re especially watching…

  • *SF49: County zoning authority – private schools (OPPOSE)
    • This bill would take away local control over zoning regulations and would exempt private schools, if they are situated on 35 plus acres, serving more than 50 students, from county regulation of use, location or occupancy. This bill comes in the wake of the county rejection of the building size text amendment requested by the Classical Academy and could allow for increased development and use within our rural zones. UPDATE: The bill passed out of the Senate and the House Corporations, Elections, and Political Subdivisions Committee. It’s heading for debate on the House floor as early as February 19.
    • Please contact all of the House representatives and ask them to vote it down. Email the representatives below or click here to use an easy email form, with targeted messages for representatives for and against the bill.
  • HB51: Lawful fence standards – county preemption (OPPOSE) –> Dead!

    • Back again after a failed attempt last year, HB 51 takes away county authority to regulate fencing standards. We are concerned about this bill’s impact on the new natural resource protections as well as the negative impact it may have on future wildlife crossing structures. The bill passed out of the House Agriculture committee during the interim session.
    • UPDATE: HB51 died in the House! Good news!
    • Action: Contact your representatives and thank them for voting against it!
  • HB196: Local regulation-subdivisions (OPPOSE)

    • This new bill would basically decrease the minimum lot size in county from 35 acres to 5 acres. This essentially guts our Comprehensive Plan and rural zoning and would increase potential rural development seven-fold. Another part of the group of bills to remove local zoning control.
    • UPDATE: HB196 moved through the House and is now in Senate Corporations, Elections, and Political Subdivisions Committee. There was an amendment adopted that only allows people to subdivide their properties after ten years of ownership, but the Alliance is still against the bill because this change will only slow development and not prevent it. Contact the committee members below and Senator Gierau to voice opposition to this bill, or fill out this easy email form:
      • Bill.Landen@wyoleg.gov
      • Cale.Case@wyoleg.gov (voted no on SF49)
      • Tara.Nethercott@wyoleg.gov (voted no on SF49)
      • Charles.Scott@wyoleg.gov
      • Wendy.Schuler@wyoleg.gov
      • Mike.Gierau@wyoleg.gov
  • HB277: Town and county development regulations -2 (OPPOSE) –> Dead!

    • This bill is like the private school bill and the fencing bill, but focused on housing requirements (mitigation). The bill is another repeat of a failed bill. This one would remove workforce/affordable housing requirements from commercial or mega-home development. This would overrule local decisions that the Alliance supported, and essentially push the gas pedal on growth in Jackson Hole. It would hollow out our middle class and make it so Jackson becomes just a resort – no longer a true community.
    • Update: HB277 didn’t make it onto the floor of the House. Good news!
  • HB10: Crimes against Critical Infrastructure (OPPOSE) –> Died!

    • Makes it illegal to impede on “critical infrastructure” projects like pipelines. This bill comes from an ALEC (pro-industry lobbying group) template and could, in a broad interpretation, put us on the hook with major penalties for supporting protest of industrial development (like oil drilling up Cache Creek). The bill is unnecessary – trespass or property destruction is already illegal. This is generally seen as a response to the Standing Rock protests, and tribal leaders in the Wind River Reservation are weighing in against it.
    • Update: HB10 also didn’t make it onto the floor. Good news!

 

We’re also keeping track of the following bills, and support our partner’s efforts to work on them.

  • SF162: State Funded Capital Construction.
    • Section 4 of the bill appropriates $4.2 million from the strategic investments and projects account to the department of transportation. Funds shall only be expended to provide for wildlife conservation efforts related to the transportation system, including wildlife crossings and game fences. The Wyoming Wildlife and Roadway Initiative Team has already identified priority areas that this funding could be directed toward. (Good!)
  • HB0228 – Highway and wildlife safety studies and improvements.
    • This bill enables tangible solutions by appropriating $5 million to WYDOT for use in the next five years on wildlife conservation efforts such as wildlife crossings, game fences, and signage. The Wyoming Wildlife and Roadway Initiative Team has already identified priority areas that this funding could be directed toward. (Good!)
  • HJ1- Wyoming support for delisting the grizzly bear
  • HB66- Lodging Tax: – Imposes a statewide 5% sales tax, 3% of which goes to the newly created Wyoming tourism account and 2% is distributed to the county. Lowers the municipality taxation rate to 2%
  • HB2- Regulations on hunting methods: Allows game and fish commission to regulate and control methods of taking wildlife including regulating, prohibiting, or limiting the use of technology.
  • HB12- Shed antlers and horns- Allows game and fish commission to regulate shed collection dates.

Contact Marisa at marisa@jhalliance.org for more information or to get involved.

 

 

Jackson Town Council

Local decisions

Phone: (307) 733-9417
info@jhalliance.org
685 S. Cache St. PO Box 2728
Jackson, Wyoming 83001