The Wyoming legislature is considering a bill to create a new Gaming Commission. This would be an unnecessary new layer of governmental bureaucracy, with additional costs, unintended consequences, and the potential for a slippery slope to further government growth.
The new agency is projected to require approximately a dozen new full time government employees at a cost of over $500,000 per year.
The new agency would be in addition to the existing Pari-Mutuel Commission, and would have broad rule-making and enforcement authority, including new license procedures, license fees, recordkeeping requirements, and the power to investigate and inspect in order to enforce these new rules. The bill creates an entirely new class of misdemeanor crimes, punishable by fines and jail time, relating to violations of these rules -- without requiring that actual law enforcement officers be involved in investigating and pressing charges!
There are many unintended consequences of the current bill, such as putting onerous new recordkeeping requirements and license fee payments on groups like the Knights of Columbus or VFW, creating uncertainty around what is and is not legal in any given town or county, and criminalizing unlicensed poker games or calcutta wagering events.
All of this without any discernible benefit to the people of Wyoming. We oppose this unnecessary expansion of governmental authority.
In addition to signing this petition, you can contact your legislators using the information on our website: www.wyoppc.org