State concedes most of Hill bill unconstitutional

By: AP
By: AP
Lawyers for the state are conceding that the bulk of the bill stripping most duties from the superintendent of public instruction is unconstitutional.

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 (AP) - Lawyers for the state are conceding that the bulk of the bill stripping most duties from the superintendent of public instruction is unconstitutional.

The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reported Tuesday that the state attorney general's office asked a district court judge to uphold just five minor parts of the law. It made its request in a brief filed Monday.

The state said provisions transferring powers from Superintendent Cindy Hill to an appointed Department of Education director should be ruled unconstitutional after the state Supreme Court ruled on the case.

Hill sued the state after the law went into effect last year. The Supreme Court ruled in January that lawmakers overstepped their authority in passing the legislation. The court later refused to reconsider the case.

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