By Joshua Scheer, reporter, county10.com
(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Rep. Patrick Goggles, D-Ethete, was present this afternoon at a bill signing of a piece of legislation that will allow other law enforcement agencies to assist tribal police on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Goggles was a co-sponsor on House Bill 21, now House Enrolled Act 26, titled Peace Officer Immunity. In a brief interview yesterday, Goggles said this was a bill he’s worked on for several years. It was also the first bill he mentioned when asked what stood out to him about this year’s legislative session.
“It allows them to have authority outside their jurisdiction,” Goggles said. Now, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office or municipal law enforcement may be called to assist the Wind River Police Department or Bureau of Indian Affairs and be protected by the law.
According to the bill, a memorandum of understanding must be signed between agencies and approved by an attorney general before assistance may occur.
Gov. Matt Mead, at the bill signing, said it must be hard for agencies not to be able to help each other out on occasion. He told Goggles he appreciated his work on this effort.
During the interview yesterday, Goggles’ laundry listed a number of items he felt have been important this session.
“Every session has its own signature,” Goggles said. This year’s theme: “I’ve never seen that done before.” He cited the bill that stripped Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill of some of her authority as an example.
He said he’s also worked on a bill that would allow for certain certifications for a potential merger between Fremont Counseling and the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center.