Infrastructure protest bill dies in Wyoming Legislature

House leadership decided not to allow members to act on the proposal before a legislative deadline.

A bill that would impose tougher penalties against protesters who intentionally disrupt the operation of refineries, power plants, pipelines, mines and other such facilities in Wyoming has died in the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 10 died Monday when House leadership decided not to allow members to act on the proposal before a legislative deadline. It was among nearly two dozen bills that failed to meet the deadline.

The proposed bill drew opposition from people who said it would infringe on the rights of protesters and landowners and current laws address any crimes against facilities. Supporters say no rights would be threatened and current laws were not adequate.

A similar measure passed the Legislature last year but was vetoed by former Gov. Matt Mead