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Senate chief says he doubts Hill will face impeachment; report critical

Jul 2, 2014 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- A special legislative committee investigating Wyoming schools Superintendent Cindy Hill released a scathing report Tuesday concluding she failed to follow legislative funding directives and demanded rank-and-file education department staff to demonstrate personal loyalty to her.

Hill has 15 days to respond before the committee will issue its final report, probably before the end of the month.

It's possible the report could be fodder for a legislative impeachment effort. However, Senate President Tony Ross said Tuesday he doesn't expect to see adequate support for impeachment.

Hill, a Republican who's running for governor against incumbent Gov. Matt Mead and Taylor Haynes of Cheyenne, decried the findings as a political effort to discredit her. She said she believes the Legislature is using taxpayer money as part of a coordinated effort with Mead to smear her less than two months before the Republican primary election.

"I've followed every law," Hill told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I followed every policy, and I've not misused any funding."

Hill characterized the report by the House of Representatives Select Investigative Committee as "the same old, same old." She said it was inappropriate of lawmakers to release the draft report before receiving her response.

Mead spokesman Renny MacKay on Tuesday characterized Hill's claims that the governor was working with lawmakers to discredit her as ridiculous.

The Legislature passed and Mead signed into law last year a law that removed Hill as head of the state Education Department.

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