Four state senators and two representatives are behind a bill that would allow more liquor licenses to be issued in smaller cities and towns across Wyoming.

Senate File 155 deals specifically with bar and grill liquor licenses as authorized under Wyoming Statute 12-4-413.

The proposal would change the population formula establishing how many permits can be issued in incorporated cities or towns of a certain size.

Here's the current formula:

  • Up to two licenses in incorporated cities or towns of 7,500 people or fewer;
  • Up to three licenses in incorporated cities with populations between 7,501 and 15,000;
  • Up to four licenses in incorporated cities with populations between 15,001 and 27,500;
  • Up to one additional license for each additional 7,500 people in incorporated cities with populations over 27,500.

Under Senate File 155, the formula would look like this beginning July 1:

  • Up to two licenses in incorporated cities or towns of 4,000 people or fewer;
  • Up to five licenses in incorporated cities with populations between 4,001 and 12,000;
  • Up to six licenses in incorporated cities with populations between 12,001 and 24,000;
  • Up to two additional licenses for each additional 4,000 people in incorporated cities with populations over 24,000.

The proposal was assigned a bill number on Tuesday.

No fiscal or personnel impact is noted in the measure's fiscal note.