Senate votes not to introduce special session bill on Cindy Hill then reverses itself

By: AP, KGWN
By: AP, KGWN
The state Senate first declined to introduce a bill aimed at dealing with fallout from the state Supreme Court decision in the superintendent of public instruction case.  Then later voted to reverse itself.

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) - The state Senate first declined to introduce a bill aimed at dealing with fallout from the state Supreme Court decision in the superintendent of public instruction case. Then later voted to reverse itself.
The 18-12 vote on Thursday in the Senate wasn't enough to meet the two-thirds necessary for introduction.
But then a senator from the prevailing side motioned to reconsider the bill.
The motion passed and so did the bill.
Last month the state Supreme Court ruled 3-2 that a law enacted last year taking away many of the superintendent's duties was unconstitutional. The court said the Legislature went too far.
But lawmakers say they don't have time to deal with the matter during the current 20-day budget session.
The bill would create a committee to study the superintendent's duties and make recommendations to the Legislature, which could then be called into special session.

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