Wyo. Chief Justice Addresses Superintendent Ruling

Feb 10, 2014

Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kite acknowledges that the court's decision in the superintendent of public instruction case has created concern and challenges.

Credit Cindy Hill Superintendent

Kite says there's nothing to be done now but for lawmakers, the governor and the court to embrace those challenges and fulfill their respective constitutional obligations.

Kite addressed the issue at the start of her State of Judiciary speech before a joint legislative session Monday.

In a 3-2 decision two weeks ago, the court ruled that the Legislature went too far in changing the superintendent's duties last year. It said a new law that replaced the superintendent as head of the state Education Department with a director appointed by the governor was unconstitutional.

The law brought sweeping changes that now must be undone in some form.