Wyo. Defends Ban On 'Open Land' Data-Gathering

Law360, New York (June 1, 2016, 5:00 PM EDT) -- Wyoming officials on Tuesday asked a federal judge to toss a lawsuit filed by conservation groups that alleges the state Legislature passed trespassing laws that improperly prevent private citizens from entering "open land" to collect information about agricultural pollution.

The laws, one criminal and one civil, were passed by the state Legislature in 2015 and prohibit people from entering land to collect data if they are not the landowners. The plaintiffs, which include the Western Watersheds Project, National Press Photographers Association and Animal Legal Defense Fund, say the statutes prevent individuals and organizations from discovering harmful environmental practices and conditions on...

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