Management Council: budget is first
Date posted: February 7, 2014
SHERIDAN — The Management Council of the Wyoming Legislature put in place on Friday a process to address the recent decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Senate File 104, a law enacted by the Legislature in 2013 that stripped Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill of most of her duties and placed them with the Wyoming Department of Education and a director appointed by Gov. Matt Mead.
During a public meeting today with Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael, the Management Council set Monday as the day to consider a future Legislative special session on the Wyoming Supreme Court’s recent ruling on SF 104.
Members of the Management Council voiced concern that a short, 20-day budget session must deal with state budgeting priorities.
On Monday, the Management Council will discuss if a special session later this year will occur.
“It’s our responsibility to look at all of our options,” Senate President Tony Ross said.
“Members need to have adequate time and complete information to make smart, balanced decisions. This is a complex issue and, as a result, will require more time than our short budget session allows.”
Concerns have been raised over the impact of the Supreme Court decision on the budget pending for Fiscal Year 2015, which will go into effect on July 1, 2014.
“I am proud of the Management Council’s decision to develop a process to address the recent Supreme Court ruling,” House Speaker Pro Tempore Rosie Berger, R-Big Horn, said.
The Management Council is scheduled to meet again Monday following adjournment of the first day of the 2014 Legislative session.
Supreme Court justices ruled 3-2 in favor of Hill when overturning SF 104. Hill filed suit against the state the day Mead signed SF 104 into law approximately a year ago.