The Joint Judiciary Committee talk about a draft trespass bill

Published: Nov. 11, 2022 at 1:53 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A draft trespass bill prohibiting travel across private lands has the attention of the Joint Judiciary committee, meeting at the Capitol Thursday.

Officials say this is not about corner crossing for hunting.

“So there’s a host of issues that it does not address or concerns that are not within the bill this is specific to title 23 game and fish trespassing for hunting, fishing, collecting antlers or horns,” said Byron Oedekoven, Executive Director, Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police.

This bill would bar the public with either boots or wheels on the ground crossing private property.

This draft bill is to help clear up the language around the law for Game and Fish wardens, and Sheriffs and Police Chiefs are also paying particular attention to this bill.

Officials said this bill does not address the concerns with the now federal corner crossing case or oil and gas trespassing.

" When the judge looked at the actual wording of the statute and wording matters, not just the title of the bill, but the actual wording of the statutes matter and that actual wording was not in the language of the statutes therefore, its time to add that language for clarity,” said Oedekoven.

The meeting is scheduled to finish this afternoon.