Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal has vetoed a bill that aimed to protect ranchers who use public lands for grazing.
House Bill 213 would have provided $300,000 in grants to
conservation districts, allowing them to conduct more rangeland
monitoring. The monitoring helps agencies make decisions on renewal
of public land grazing permits.
Bill supporters say federal land agencies are too backlogged to
perform all necessary monitoring. But law requires they issue
grazing permits anyway. They say this has allowed groups opposed to
grazing on public lands to take federal land agencies to court.
In his veto explanation Wednesday, Freudenthal said the state
budget is too tight to take on the project and listed other
concerns about the bill.