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State's 'power grab' from Hill left some ugly scars
Feb 19, 2014 - Carole S. Anderson, Riverton
This power grab in our state government is ugly.
The cannibalistic nature of the governor and state legislature in their treatment of legally-elected State Superintendent of Public instruction Cindy Hill, by hastily passing SF104, signing it into law, and stripping her of more than 90 percent of her duties without cause and process, then relegating her to a shabby office on the fringe of government activity is a power grab.
This has resulted in the fact that the majority of Wyoming voters are no longer being represented by their legally elected choice for state superintendent as prescribed by the Wyoming Constitution.
Instead, there is an individual whose values are unknown to us, appointed by the governor and answerable to him instead of to us, in charge of the responsibility stripped from the legally elected superintendent of schools.
Now that the Wyoming Supreme Court has found SF104 unconstitutional, the governor has decided to prolong this abysmal state of affairs by requesting that the Wyoming Supreme Court rehear the case regarding the constitutionality of SF104 that it has just decided.
A few of the consequences of this power grab are multiple questions that remain unanswered, confusion, and the various sharp edges of divisiveness such as distrust in government officials, distrust in their application of Wyoming statutes, confusion about the Department of Education, disgust and cynicism.
The results of this power grab are as ugly as a power grab itself.