Cheyenne, Wyo. - Local organizations held a press conference Thursday to show their opposition to senate file 74, which would criminalize activities that delay the construction or operation facilities. Because they say it could scare people away from exercising their right to free speech.
Senate file 74 would impose prison time, or a large fine, on people that "impede" on infrastructure.
The sponsor of the bill emphasizes the importance of acknowledging that Wyoming is an energy capital and a head water state. Meaning that infrastructure affects communities, and preventing these potential delays would be beneficial.
But many organizations attending the press conference today expressed their concerns on the broadness of the bill, and how it could take away their first amendment right.
"This is who we are as a democracy," Lynnette Greybull said. "This is who we are as a country. To silence our voice, or to have any legislation silence anybody's voice, it goes against who we are as U.S. citizens."
But despite an attempt to convince house members to oppose the bill, senate file 74 passed introduction, and will now be discussed by the minerals committee.