Keeping Wyoming a great place to live
In Wyoming we love our sagebrush, but we rely on sweet, clean water. We need to be sure that mining, agriculture, and residential development do not negatively affect our water.
At the end of March I attended the State Engineer's Office meeting on water issues in the Laramie County Control Area. If you are on a well in the Control Area (roughly the part of the county east of I-25) and would like more information please email me.
This country is based on individual rights. One of those is the right to private property. All of us, though, hope that our children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy hunting, fishing, camping and hiking in Wyoming, just as we have. It is important to protect our wildlife, grasslands, and forests for future generations, while not impeding private and economic uses.
I voted for SF 118 (to protect landowners from over-enthusiastic eminent domain condemnation), SF 68 (which prohibits the state from funding conservation easements that restrict hunting, fishing, ranching or farming), and HB 81 (funding some conservation easements and habitat restoration around the state).
The households in Wyoming's House District 7 come in all sorts. There are couples with children, couples without children, single parents, individuals, roommates, multiple generations, various languages and faiths, hunters and vegetarians. We are all neighbors and part of the community, but the word "marriage" has meant one man and one woman for hundreds of generations. I believe that it is not discrimination to refuse to change the traditional meaning of marriage.
I believe that every life is precious. The people of Wyoming should support a culture of life--for the unborn, for all children, for people with physical, mental and emotional challenges, and for the elderly. Everyone's life has value.
The United States Constitution was written in order to "establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty." I believe that government-sponsored or government-encouraged gambling does not improve the general welfare or insure domestic tranquility. Lotteries and casinos are more likely to take money from the poor and give it to out-of-state corporations or wasteful bureaucrats. We do not need a lottery or more gambling in Wyoming.
In the 2013 session I voted no on domestic partnerships (HB 168), which did not pass; yes on a pro-life bill (HB 97), which did not pass; and no on the lottery (HB 77), which did pass.
Several constituents have asked me about my position on guns. I am a Life Member of the NRA, and own guns for hunting and personal protection (and as a defense against government tyranny, if necessary). I also am a concealed carry permit holder. It is my general observation in life that people who are not law-abiding citizens don't care what the laws are, so it doesn't seem to me that restrictions on where you can carry firearms and how many bullets you can have will have much impact on people who intend to commit crimes. In fact, criminals prefer helpless victims. We do not make schools, businesses and government facilities safer by declaring them "gun-free zones" unless we institute metal screening and other security measures. Simply posting "gun-free zone" leads to a false sense of security. We do need to make sure Wyoming has adequate mental health services for people who need them, and people who use a firearm in the course of a crime should be fully prosecuted and it should be very difficult for them to regain the right to possess a firearm.