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Governor vetoes bill proposing Wyoming sue the State of Washington

Trucks haul coal from the pit to be dumped into bays on Aug. 15, 2017, at the Antelope Mine in Converse County, Wyoming. (Dan Cepeda, File)

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon vetoed a bill that would have authorized a lawsuit against the State of Washington on Monday, March 18.

House Bill 251 would have allowed Wyoming to “commence and prosecute a lawsuit for the denial of permits for the construction of coal export terminals.”

“The economic interests of Wyoming citizens and the institutional interests of the Wyoming legislature will continue to be harmed if construction of coal export terminals is further delayed due to action by the state of Washington,” the bill reads.

The bill proposed creating a $250,000 account to fund the litigation. The House and Senate both passed the bill in February on third readings.

The full text of the vetoed bill is available here.