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Larger Donations To Search & Rescue Authorized

February 15, 2013 State of Wyoming No Comments
Mead Signing

Governor Matt Mead signed into law a bill that amends the minimum amount of fees that can be collected in support of search and rescue organizations in the state.  Under the new law, a voluntary fee of two dollars or greater may be paid by persons applying for a license or tag or when registering their snowmobile or off road vehicle.  That doubles the maximum donation permitted under the previous law.  Mead added the search and rescue organizations clearly deserve the support.  Mead told those attending the signing, “One of great privileges of living in Wyoming is recreation.  Occasionally there are some bad situations and we have some incredible, heroic efforts that are put out there by people who risk their lives – and sometimes, in fact, we have tragedy situations.”  Mead says the state is proud of the efforts the folks who make these rescues do and the new act is a great message of support.  State Parks and Cultural Resources Director Milward Simpson told those attending the signing that the donations remain voluntary. He says the additional money will provide a much-needed windfall for the state’s search and rescue programs which are so important to the state.  With its signing, the act takes effect July first.

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