By VIRGINIA GIORGIS
CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Supreme Court overturned SF104 Tuesday morning, Jan. 28. The court's 3-2 ruling came in a lawsuit by Republican state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill challenging the law enacted a year ago by the GOP-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Matt Mead.
The law took effect in the middle of Hill's four-year term. The superintendent remains one of the five statewide elected officials but no longer oversees the Wyoming Department of Education. The law put the administration of the agency, which has about 150 employees and is responsible for about $1 billion in education funding a year, under a director appointed by the governor.
Hill argued the law made a fundamental change to state government and should have required an amendment to the state Constitution. The state contended that the Wyoming Constitution empowers the Legislature to manage the state's education system, including the superintendent's administrative role.
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