Judge issues narrow ruling in public records case

By: AP
By: AP
A state judge has ruled that elected officials cannot use the Wyoming Public Records Act to obtain massive amounts of internal documents from other government agencies.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill talks about her decision to file a constitutional challenge to Senate File 104 at the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Jan. 29. --Miranda Grubbs/Wyoming Tribune Eagle/AP

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - A state judge has ruled that elected officials cannot use the Wyoming Public Records Act to obtain massive amounts of internal documents from other government agencies.

District Judge Peter Arnold issued the narrow ruling recently in a lawsuit filed by state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill against Gov. Matt Mead and the state Department of Education director.

Hill is seeking correspondence among employees in the department and the governor's office.

While Arnold ruled Hill can't seek the documents as superintendent, he noted she can still seek them as a private individual. Hill filed the lawsuit in both her capacity as superintendent and as a private citizen.

Bruce Moats, Hill's attorney, says the lawsuit continues and the state is supplying some records but still withholding others that the governor's office considers privileged.

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