Public Lands Day volunteers

Volunteers tear down old buck and rail fencing along a horse pen on National Public Lands Day at Grand Teton National Park.

A bill pre-empting counties' control over regulating fences failed in the Wyoming House. The bill targeted Teton County regulations that require fences to be wildlife-friendly to preserve migration corridors.

Several lawmakers from around the state questioned why the legislation was needed and were cautious about potential unintended consequences of removing local control.

"It's looking like, to me, like we're saying that from Cheyenne we're going to decide what fences they need in Niobrara and Uinta County, and I guess all the fences around the state have to be the same?" said Rep. Sue Wilson, R-Laramie.

The proposal was killed in a 41-16 vote, with all of the Teton County delegation (Jim Roscoe, Andy Schwartz and Mike Yin) voting against it. For many, the bill's defeat is a victory for local county control over planning and zoning issues, an issue that's come in with several articles of legislation this session.

"I would agree with those who have said, why is the state getting involved in what counties do?" Schwartz said on the floor. "I would say in general we would be well advised not to do that."

Contact Allie Gross at 732-7063, or @JHNGcounty.

Allie Gross covers Teton County government. Originally from the Chicago area, she joined the News&Guide in 2017 after studying politics and Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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