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Draft bill aims to make it easier to build accessory dwellings

JACKSON — Despite objections from some Republican lawmakers and local governments, a state task force is moving ahead with a draft bill to override local building regulations for accessory housing units like detached guest homes or mother-in-law apartments.

Sen. Bob Ide, a Natrona County Republican, warned that the draft bill could add regulation — not reduce it — by layering state rules on top of local ones: “Just looks like we’ve got a one-size-fits-all homeowners association for the state of Wyoming,” Ide said.

Ide raised his objections as the task force worked through details like minimum...

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