Wyoming Wildlife Federation's 2020 budget session priorities
Wyoming Wildlife Federation leaders are meeting with concerned citizens throughout the state discussing the organization’s top priorities for the 2020 budget session. Friday, they met in Casper.
Wyoming Wildlife Federation Legislative Liaison Jessi Johnson said the organization’s top priority is defeating a bill outlining steps for designating migration corridors.
She said the organization supports Gov. Mark Gordon’s proposed executive order doing the same thing.
“The executive order provides a flexible and updatable framework for us to work within where as statute is a little hard to update when we need to,” Johnson said.
Gordon issued a draft of his proposal in Dec. 2019. It comes after listening to various stakeholders including conservationists and people representing industry.
“We can have both. We just have to be thoughtful about where we do it and the governor’s executive order provides that framework on how to be thoughtful about it,” Johnson said.
She said another priority is passing bills to increase funding for the wildlife conservation account. It pays for wildlife crossings. It was created with the state’s conservation license plate.
“Right now, the only funding going into that account that we created is from the license plate and the sales of the license plate itself. One of these bills is opening that account to outside donations,” Johnson said. “So what we’re trying to do is get creative where we can find funding for some of these issues.”
The other two bills the organization's supporting would also create ways for people to voluntarily give to the account.
The Wyoming Wildlife Federation is also hosting its annual Camo at the Capitol advocacy training Feb. 25th in Cheyenne. Organization officials will teach participants how to lobby their state legislators. That afternoon, participants will then go to the capitol and put those lobbying skills into action.
“This is a citizen lobbyist training. So it’s come learn how a bill is created and then come take a tour through the capitol with us, meet your legislators, learn how to talk to your decision makers in the most effective way,” Johnson said.
She said that night, participants are invited to the annual Sportsman Legislative Reception.