Split Estate Task Force Has Difficult Job

Cody, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal says a newly appointed Split Estate Task Force has a difficult job ahead. The task force was created to recommend legislation to solve problems between people who own land and others that own mineral rights under that land. Task Force member Representative Colin Simpson of Cody chairs the House Judiciary Committee, which tried to craft a bill to deal with the issue. He says it's an extremely complex one when you consider some options fly in the face of 100 years of property law. Simpson says his committee had three different proposals to consider before drafting its' own legislation. He's not sure whether the Split Estate Task Force will consider past proposals or start from scratch. The task force includes six legislators and five citizens.