Liz Cheney and the Resident Fishing License

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(Courtesy Photo)
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The Casper Star-Tribune first reported an infraction that has inflamed some critics of Liz Cheney's debut in the Wyoming political arena and made national headlines in the New York Times: purchasing a Wyoming resident fishing license before her time.

The eldest daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney announced her intentions to run as an opponent to long-time incumbent, Senator Mike Enzi, in mid-July.

The Tribune reports Cheney purchased her $24 resident fishing license just 72 days after closing on her Wilson house in May 2012. State law dictates that residents live in the state 365 consecutive days before they can receive a resident hunting or fishing license, and they cost $92 - much cheaper than out-of-state licenses.

Cheney did tell the Tribune that Wyoming Game and Fish records are incorrect, as her application lists her as a 10-year resident of Wyoming. She said “the clerk must have made a mistake.” She also said she didn't know there was a residency requirement of a year to purchase a resident fishing license.

But what's the penalty for this infraction? According to Game and Fish, a false statement on the application qualifies as a misdemeanor, and carries a $220 fine. If Game and Fish pursues imposing a fine, and if Cheney chooses to contest the fine in court, the fine could rise to $1,000.

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