Committee Votes To Let Lawmakers Work On Hill Bill

Feb 18, 2014

The Wyoming Senate Rules Committee has passed a bill that would let a group of legislators work on amending the bill that took away the bulk of powers from the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Credit Cindy Hill Superintendent

The Supreme Court declared the so-called Hill bill unconstitutional, and now the legislature must fix it.

Cheri Steinmetz with the Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming testified against the bill, saying it's time the legislature stopped wasting money on the issue. But Senator Chris Rothfuss says the bill is necessary to resolve the management of the state's public school system.

“It's not as easy as just travelling back in time and rolling everything back, which a lot of people feel like we should be doing,” Rothfuss said. “The reality is we have significant budgetary implications and we've got a lot of other policies in place and so we've got to figure out how to move forward instead of backwards and that requires a lot of analysis.”  

The bill could lead to a special legislative session to address the issue.

The bill will now go to the Senate floor for further debate.