Gov. Mead signs first bill to become law in the 2016 legislative session

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - Governor Matt Mead held a formal bill signing ceremony at the Jonah Business Center in Cheyenne for the first bill to become law in the 2016 legislative session, Feb. 29. The bills signed at today's ceremony were SF0046 , dealing with asset forfeiture and providing additional notice and procedural safeguards when property is subject to forfeiture, and SF0008 , relating to highway, bicycle and pedestrian safety creating natural surface trails in the state. “Asset forfeiture is an important deterrent to crime. It has worked effectively in Wyoming. The abuses cited by those opposed to forfeiture have not occurred here,” Mead said. “Based on the discussion and actions of last session, I asked the Attorney General and others to work closely with the Judiciary Committee to retain this important procedure and to provide additional protections of individual rights. The bill I signed today implements these safeguards and maintains asset forfeiture. I thank the Judiciary Committee, the Legislature, law enforcement and the Attorney General for their good work preparing this bill.” ​ ​ "I think where your committee ended up, and where the Legislature ended up, is model legislation," Gov. Mead said to Sen. Leland Christensen. "I think we will see other states take a look at what has been done here as an example to have the right balance. It is an improvement, and we are very thankful for your work and thank your team and legislature." The second bill sign Gov. Mead signed into law for the 2016 legislative session was a bill that many Wyoming natives were very passionate about. "There are very few groups committed as the bike population is for donating their time and committing their resources...they're believers and they're high energy, so i think this is going to turn out well," one representative stated. "Just driving around Cheyenne on a Sunday morning, you see families out there with little kids, enjoying themselves...when you see a family enjoying the outdoors, it's a wonderful thing," Gov. Mead said. "There are a lot of individuals looking for an opportunity to get outdoors and to spend with their families and friends. If you live in wonderful Wyoming, in order to fully enjoy it, you gotta get outdoors." Mead went on further to say, "I look forward to the work that goes on in this, and I give an advance thank you to those who are participating, and when you think of tourism being our second largest industry, I think this is one of the ways we can leverage it." *Photos: (Pitchengine Communities)* #shortgo #news #county10 #county17 #oilcity #reboot #dally #buckrail #springcity