A Wyoming legislative panel has filed a bill that would add 20 more
troopers to patrol roads in the state.
The Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee filed
legislation to add 20 officers to the Wyoming Highway Patrol. The state’s
Transportation Department only asked lawmakers to approve 15 additional
Republican Reps. Bryan Pederson of Cheyenne and Dave Edwards of
Douglas, however, said they increased the number by five to improve the
likelihood the patrol would get the troopers it needs, The
Associated Press reported.
Despite the likelihood of adding the additional troopers, Col. Sam
Powell, the commander of the Wyoming Highway Patrol, told The AP at least one study has shown the patrol is 100 troopers short of optimal
The measure is similar to one that was rejected by House lawmakers a
year ago. This year’s version – HB14 – is awaiting consideration for the
legislative session that begins next month.