Senate Committee Advances Special Session Bill

By: Joy Greenwald - Chief Photojournalist
By: Joy Greenwald - Chief Photojournalist
FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2010 file photo, Cindy Hill answers audience questions during a General Election Debate for Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Wyoming Union in Laramie, Wyo. In just over a year since becoming the state's top public education official, Hill is finding that the learning curve in managing a large government agency can be more challenging than in running a grade school.  (AP Photo/Laramie Boomerang, Andy Carpenean, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2010 file photo, Cindy Hill answers audience questions during a General Election Debate for Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Wyoming Union in Laramie, Wyo. In just over a year since becoming the state's top public education official, Hill is finding that the learning curve in managing a large government agency can be more challenging than in running a grade school. (AP Photo/Laramie Boomerang, Andy Carpenean, File)

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - A Wyoming Senate committee has approved a bill to pay for a special legislative session if one is necessary to deal with fallout from the recent state Supreme Court decision in the superintendent of public instruction case.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to recommend approval of $50,000 to fund the special session. The bill still would need approval in the full Senate and House.

The court recently ruled 3-2 that a law enacted last year taking away many of the superintendent's duties was unconstitutional. The Wyoming Attorney General's Office has asked the court to reconsider and the matter may still go before a district court for more proceedings.

Republican Senator Eli Bebout, of Riverton, said he hopes a special session isn't necessary, but says the Legislature must be ready.


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