CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A piece of legislation that could affect the liquor sales of Cheyenne Frontier Days, possibly allowing for more money to be brought in over the 10-day period, was introduced in the Wyoming Senate on Friday, Feb. 14.
SF 134 would provide a malt beverage license to the operators of CFD. During the 10 days of Cheyenne Frontier Days, malt beverages such as wine coolers could be sold on the Frontier Park grounds. There would be a $100 payment for the license.
Crook County Sen. Ogden Driskill spoke about the bill on the Senate floor Friday morning, explaining that this act would be similar to ones the Legislature has given to the Wyoming State Fair and the University of Wyoming.
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“The City of Cheyenne is asking for $100,000 to issue a liquor license,” Driskill said. “They negotiated last year for $50,000, but the city came back this year and wanted $100,000 again. They’re worried about the costs incurred from Cheyenne Frontier Days, and I get it, but this event brings in $28 million for Laramie County and $40 million for the state every year.”
Twenty-nine legislators from all over the state and on both sides of the political aisle co-sponsored the bill, including Laramie County Rep. Sara Burlingame, Carbon County Rep. Donald Burkhart and Natrona County Sen. Jim Anderson.
Almost the entirety of the Senate approved to send this bill to the Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee, which will meet again on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Twenty-five senators voted “aye” on the special event liquor license bill, including Laramie County Sens. Tara Nethercott and Lynn Hutchings and Carbon County Sen. Larry Hicks. Only five voted “no,” including Senate President Drew Perkins and Albany County Sen. Liisa Anselmi-Dalton. The latter senator also sits on the travel committee. Driskill chairs the committee.
If the bill is signed into law, it would be enacted July 1, 2020, 16 days before the beginning of this year’s Cheyenne Frontier Days.
“Let’s keep the golden goose laying golden eggs,” Driskill told the senators before leaving the floor for the vote.