Senate File 104 Fallout Continues

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Wyoming State Senator Bruce Burns (Photo courtesy of the Wyoming Legislative Service Office)
Wyoming State Senator Bruce Burns (Photo courtesy of the Wyoming Legislative Service Office)

Legislation enacted over a year ago continues to make the news. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has the story.


On January 29th, 2013, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead signed into law Senate File 104, known as the “Hill Bill”. The law essentially stripped Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill of most of her duties at the Department of Education. Since that time there have been a slew of special committee hearings; a State Supreme Court ruling that the law is unconstitutional; and an audit of the Department of Education that indicated there was misuse of funds while Hill was running the department.

Senator Bruce Burns of Sheridan voted against Senate File 104, not necessarily because he's a Cindy Hill supporter, but because he didn't like how his colleagues were pushing the bill through the legislature.

Tuesday, Superintendent Hill issued a response to Governor Mead's letter he sent Monday asking the superintendent to resume her position at the Education Department, however, with only a portion of the duties of the office restored. In the letter to the Governor, Hill declined to return to the department stating that Mead's conditions are unconstitutional, and the constitution is not negotiable.

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