Sen. Thomas Drafts Bill to Stop Venue Shopping
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas has drafted
legislation he hopes will stop the practice of "venue shopping." That's when lawsuits are filed in jurisdictions viewed to be more friendly to a group's interests.
Thomas says the practice is becoming a big problem for Wyoming. He says the state has been "steamrolled" by judges in Washington D-C ruling on cases like snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park.
Under Thomas' bill, lawsuits against the Bureau of Land Management, U-S Fish and Wildlife Service, U-S Forest Service and National Park Service would be heard in district courts affected by the litigation.
Thomas says his measure will make the court system more fair.
But some environmentalists disagree, calling the bill a solution without a problem and a threat to the nation's courts.