Crimes Against Critical Infrastructure bill to be voted on Friday.

Senator Hank Coe is on the Minerals Committee which will be voting on this bill on Friday.

Contact him at Hank.Coe@wyoleg.gov
307-587-4655
Ask him to vote NO

From the Casper Star Tribune, Jan 28, 2019

CHEYENNE — After a veto by then-Gov. Matt Mead at the close of the 2018 budget session, legislation that would create criminal charges for impeding fossil fuel facilities and pipelines during protests is back in the Wyoming Legislature.

Similar in scope to bills introduced in statehouses across the country following the Dakota Access pipeline protests, Rep. Lloyd Larsen’s Crimes Against Critical Infrastructure bill was written with numerous fixes to address questions raised last year.

However, critics told lawmakers at a packed committee hearing Monday that the bill would still restrict people’s lawful right to protest.

This year’s version of the bill is similar to a version introduced last year, which would have made it a crime to purposefully obstruct the construction of “critical infrastructure,” like pipelines. The 2018 iteration of the bill was feared to be flawed, with many critics arguing it was far too vague and unclear in what it would actually do. Others criticized it on First Amendment grounds, arguing the bill served only to restrict free speech and dissuade protests.

Read the full article here:

https://trib.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/a-controversial-bill-aimed-to-block-protests-like-standing-rock/article_a834ae59-3516-52a9-a366-88fe03821d1a.html?fbclid=IwAR3vGpboXDbOuypkk_JOM7eeQl9MzIt2X4HC8KXLozxi7PU6p2-UcNawlrU

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