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Wyoming Ag-Gag Law Ruled Unconstitutional


The State of Wyoming has suffered a reverse following rejection by the 10th Circuit, of a 2015 law enacted in Wyoming to limit access to open land for the purposes of collecting resource data without permission from the landowner. The 10th Circuit ruled in September 2017 that finding the “collection of resource data constitutes a protected creation of speech”. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdhal granted summary judgement in favor of plaintiffs including the National Press Photographers Association, the National Resource Defense Council and the Western Watersheds Project.

In his ruling, Judge Skavdhal stated “There is simply no plausible reason for this specific curtailment of speech and this statute is a clear attempt to punish individuals who are engaging in protected speech that at best some find unpleasant.”