Senate panel advances superintendent bill

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)
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Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The Senate Rules and Procedures Committee has endorsed a bill that could lead to a special legislative session later this year.

The special session would deal with fallout from the state Supreme Court decision in the superintendent of public instruction case.

The court recently ruled 3-2 that a law enacted last year taking away many of the superintendent's duties was unconstitutional.

The bill would study the superintendent's duties and make recommendations to the Legislature, which could then be called into special session.

Representatives of the Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming testified against the bill, saying no more time and money should be spent on the issue.

However, the committee approved the bill on a 5-0 vote Tuesday. It heads back to the full Senate for more debate.

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