Cody Youth for Justice students have made an annual trip to Cheyenne over the past 25 years. Some consider them the most effective lobbyists in the state.
House Revenue Committee Chairman Mike Madden looks frustrated and encircled in this photo from a meeting in Riverton on June 12.
Lobbyist gifts for Wyoming legislators limited at $250 By Gregory Nickerson — February 11, 2014…
On the second day of the session, brown bundles tied in string arrived on the desks of each of Wyoming’s 90 lawmakers. The bundles were
Though residents in Wyoming enjoy virtually unparalleled access to their elected representatives, participating in person during the annual winter sessions is often hampered by weather, distance, timing and other factors, leaving paid professional lobbyists wielding disproportionate influence over the process. Sharing an opinion with a lawmaker can be as easy as dashing off an email. But for those willing to take the time, learning to lobby like a pro can help ordinary citizens play a more influential and fulfilling role in shaping the laws that govern their own lives.
Though members of Wyoming's citizen Legislature pride themselves on being closely connected to their constituents, voters might be surprised to learn that some laws proposed and passed in Cheyenne are first shaped by state lawmakers and major corporations during privately funded junkets in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. As the 2011 legislative session convenes this week, some watchdog groups — and at least one legislator — are calling for better disclosure from lobbyists and greater transparency from groups that seek to influence or propose specific laws.