Governor Signals Opposition to Legislative Privilege Bill

Cheyenne, WY – Governor Freudenthal is expressing serious reservations about a bill to allow legislators to keep private communications with staff. The measure, which has passed both the State House and Senate, would make discussions about potential laws and information from paid consultants off-limits to the public. The Governor says the bill is too broad and not well-thought-out. Freudenthal thinks it may be appropriate to look at this type of legislation. But he says it shouldn't be rushed into. Freudenthal believes the issue should be studied after the legislative session, so it can receive thoughtful consideration. Freudenthal says Wyoming prides itself on having a Citizen Legislature and an open process, so he thinks this bill sends the wrong signal to the public.