Riverton, WY – Legal fees and other costs of school finance litigation have totaled more than $3.5 million over the past five years. That's according to state records. The costs were calculated by state officials on request from the Joint Education Committee. It includes money spent by school districts and the state. Since 1998, the state alone has spent $2.7 million defending the legislature's position in the legal battles. The litigation began in 1992 and the Wyoming Supreme Court still retains jurisdiction over the case.