- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming attorney general has asked a U.S. District Court judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging state laws about data trespassing.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1XqtQZl ) that the lawsuit is challenging two state laws, which make it a criminal or civil offense to trespass on private or open land with the intent of collecting “resource data” such as photos or soil, water and air samples

The lawsuit claims the laws violate the First Amendment by seeking to stop environmental concern that could hurt the state’s energy or agriculture industries from being discovered.

Supporters of the laws say they were created in response to complaints from landowners about people who would trespass on their property, collect data for the purpose of submitting the information to regulatory agencies.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, https://www.wyomingnews.com

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