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GOP leaders weighed asking main pushers of 'Hill bill' to quit party

Apr 30, 2013 - The Associated Press

Wyoming Republican Party leaders considered demanding three state legislators to remove themselves from the party over a new law changing the duties of the state schools superintendent.

The GOP Central Committee did not take the step, but it underscores the division the superintendent law has caused within the state's dominant political party.

The law passed recently by the GOP-dominated Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Matt Mead curtailed the administrative duties of Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill. The biggest change involved replacing the superintendent as head of the Wyoming Department of Education with a director appointed by the governor.

Hill has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law.

The Central Committee, which is made up of county and state party leaders, voted 40-32 to approve a resolution backing repeal of the law.

In February, Republican Central Committee members debated asking House Speaker Tom Lubnau, of Gillette, Sen. Hank Coe, of Cody, and Rep. Matt Teeters, of Lingle, to remove their names from party rolls "for their part in disgracing the Republican Party by their actions against the people of Wyoming," according to the resolution that was debated but not adopted.

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