CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit to proceed after questioning the constitutionality of new Wyoming laws that bar people from gathering information about agriculture and other industries on private and public lands.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit to proceed after questioning the constitutionality of new Wyoming laws that bar people from gathering information about agriculture and other industries on private and public lands.

The decision on Monday by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl in Casper involves two laws passed earlier this year by the Wyoming Legislature that prohibit taking photographs or gathering other types of data.

The judge says the U.S. Constitution guarantees free speech and equal protection under the law.

A coalition of groups filed the lawsuit, saying the laws try to prohibit gathering of information used to challenge resource management decisions and expose animal cruelty.

Wyoming officials sought dismissal of the case.

Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael declined to comment Tuesday on the ruling.