What began as a prescription by Republican Representative Hans Hunt has now become a full-blown referendum campaign sponsored by the Wyoming Constitution Party. A statewide petition drive is underway to collect signatures for the placement of Senate File 104 (SF 0104) on the November 2014 election ballot. Signed into law by Gov. Matt Mead, the bill essentially abolished the elected position of state superintendent in favor of a governor-appointed department director.
When the bill was introduced, Hunt objected on the grounds that it teetered perilously close to being technocratic because it established a legal precedent for the supplanting of elected officials with arbitrarily appointed policy professionals. In addition, Hunt contended that was motivated by anger towards State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill. For the complete article see the 03-06-2013 issue.
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