Lawmakers and the state’s executives have filed annual financial disclosure forms in advance of the forthcoming legislative session, including in some cases a newly required list of contracts they hold with the state.
The 2020 disclosure forms required of the state’s senators, representatives and five statewide elected officials are published below. The officials’ disclosures — covering most of the previous year and through Jan. 15, 2020 — seek to protect the public from conflicts of interest.
This year those filings must list business entities in which officials hold a 10% or greater interest and that have contracts with the state for services and supplies valued at more than $5,000. The listing must include the length and nature of the contract, according to the law, but doesn’t require a dollar amount.
Wyoming forms also require officials to list the offices and directorships they held in business enterprises, as well as if they were salaried employees. They must list sources of income, including from what employer or business interest. They also must divulge whether they have security or interest-earning investments and/or investment income from real estate, leases or royalties.
The forms do not ask how much an elected official earns from any of the above or the name, nature or other details of any income-producing investments.
The Wyoming Constitution relies on members of the House and Senate to self-report conflicts and states that any lawmaker “who has a personal or private interest in any measure proposed or pending before the Legislature shall disclose the fact to the house of which he is a member, and shall not vote thereon.”
CORRECTION: This story was updated after publication to include the correct batch of 2020 financial disclosure forms for members of the Wyoming Senate. The original publication used last year’s forms in error. —Ed.