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SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT LAWSUIT

State Concedes Most of Hill Bill Unconstitutional

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Lawyers for the state are conceding that the bulk of the bill stripping most duties from the superintendent of public instruction is unconstitutional.

The state attorney general's office asked a district court judge to uphold just five minor parts of the law. It made its request in a brief filed Monday.

The state said provisions transferring powers from Superintendent Cindy Hill to an appointed Department of Education director should be ruled unconstitutional after the state Supreme Court ruled on the case. Hill sued the state after the law went into effect last year. The Supreme Court ruled in January that lawmakers overstepped their authority in passing the legislation. The court later refused to reconsider the case.

STATE SENATOR-CENSURE

Coe Narrowly Avoids Censure by Park County GOP

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - A longtime state senator who led the effort to strip power from schools superintendent Cindy Hill narrowly survived a censure by fellow Republicans in Park County. A majority of GOP convention delegates voted to reprimand Sen. Hank Coe of Cody but the resolution needed a two-thirds majority to pass. It failed by seven votes at the county party's convention in Cody Saturday.

Coe, who didn't attend, says the vote doesn't change anything for him. He describes the effort as coming from radicals whom he says don't represent the majority of Republicans in the county. The censure vote follows a failed effort earlier this month to oust tea party member Bob Berry from the county GOP's executive committee over his public opposition of Coe.

GORDON-TREASURER CAMPAIGN

Gordon Launches Campaign to Continue as Treasurer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon has launched a campaign to continue holding that office. Gordon was making campaign stops around the state Tuesday after announcing his campaign in his hometown of Buffalo on Monday. Gordon is a Republican. He has been treasurer since Gov. Matt Mead appointed him in November 2012 to replace Treasurer Joe Meyer, who died of lung cancer. The treasurer's office manages and invests more than $17 billion in state money.

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