After an eventful Cheyenne session, the legislature is back and starting interim committee meetings. As we saw over the last few months, decisions made in Cheyenne have a direct impact on our local decision-making. During this interim session, we will be watching the following committees and topics:
- The Transportation, Highways & Military Affairs committee will be discussing wildlife crossings as a way to reduce collisions and injuries while also conserving resources. We are excited to see wildlife crossings gaining momentum across the state and will engage with the committee going forward. You can find their meeting agenda here.
- The Minerals, Business, and Economic Development committee will study the possibility of the state entering into an agreement with the Department of the Interior to allow the state primacy and oversight over assessments done through the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). We are concerned with this effort to allow the state oversight over federal land management decisions – just one more way Cheyenne is trying to take the public out of our American public lands. You can read more about the issue in this WyoFile article and monitor the committee here.
Luckily for us, our partners at the Equality State Policy Centerpushed for years to have interim meeting recorded and live-streamed. So, if you are interested in either of the topics, please join us for watch parties at the Alliance on May 15th at 2pm for the Transportation committee or on May 16 at 3:30pm for the Minerals committee. You can also monitor and watch committee meetings on the state legislature website.