The Wyoming Senate Thursday initially rejected introduction of a bill that would form a “super committee” tasked with studying the duties of the superintendent of public instruction. The Senate reconsidered the bill during the afternoon session, and gave it the needed votes for introduction. The committee after reviewing the superintendent's duties, would make recommendations to the Legislature, who'd in turn decide if a special session on the matter is warranted.
A bill sponsored by Senator Bruce Burns of Sheridan failed introduction in the Senate Thursday that would have eliminated the superintendent position altogether. The proposed constitutional amendment would have assigned the role of overseeing the state's education department to the governor.
Senator Burns says that he has mixed feelings over the whole Cindy Hill fiasco that has been taking place over the past year.
The failed constitutional amendment would have been on the general election statewide ballot. If voters would have approved it, the change would not have taken effect until 2019, meaning that whoever would have been elected superintendent of public instruction later this year, would have still served a full term.