Gov. Mead Lets House Bill 223 Become Law Without His Signature

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Gov. Mead Lets House Bill 223 Become Law Without His Signature

Governor Matt Mead has refused to endorse a bill that makes the selection process for the next UW President confidential. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has the latest.

Governor Matt Mead announced Friday he would not sign House Bill 223 - a bill that would keep a list of finalists for the position of University of Wyoming president confidential.

Mead said in a media release he wants the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees to finalize its search for a new President - under the terms of the search the board established at the beginning of the process.

He said he's concerned about the precedent set by this bill and wanted to flag down lawmakers and announce he would not favor any further expansion of this exemption to the open records law.

Although personnel matter are not public in most cases, Mead has said the Associated Press and other media organizations challenging the board's secrecy have raised important points about the need for transparency in the selection process.

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