SHERIDAN — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill has threatened litigation against state legislators who distributed a white paper explaining the history and reasoning of Senate File 104, a controversial law that restructured the Department of Education by adding an appointed director of education who was given a majority of the duties formerly held by the superintendent.
According to a media release from House Speaker Tom Lubnau, R-Gillette, and Rep. Tim Stubson, R-Casper, the white paper cited floor debates on the bill, minutes of legislative meetings and reports issued by the Legislative Service Office.
“Many voters around the state have asked for more information about why the Legislature and Governor adopted the reforms in SF 104. This paper was an answer to those questions and distilled hours of debate,” Stubson said in the release.
According to a letter sent by one of Hill’s attorneys, Robert DiLorenzo, to Rep. Rosie Berger, R-Big Horn, the white paper included numerous defamatory accusations against Hill.
The letter was sent Monday and state legislators have 10 days to provide proof of truth for eight specific statements deemed as libelous.
If proof cannot be given for each statement, legislators have 10 days to publish a retraction of the statements before legal action is taken.
“I will resist any efforts to intimidate any legislator from explaining why they voted on a particular piece of legislation,” Lubnau said in the release.