Wyoming Supreme Court

News
3:49 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Exemptions to Fracking Chemical Disclosure Law To Receive Renewed Scrutiny

Environmental and landowner groups are celebrating after the Wyoming Supreme Court found a lower court had ruled in error regarding disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

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News
5:04 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Superintendent Hill Tries To Return To Dept. Of Ed

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill made a brief appearance at the State Department of Education in an effort to reclaim her job.  The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that a law that removed many of Hill’s duties is unconstitutional.  

Hill walked into the Department Monday morning with two of her staff members.   After those staff members met with Education Director Rich Crandall she left the building.

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News
12:10 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Hill Announces Intention To Resume Superintendent Duties

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Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill says she intends to resume her job leading the state department of education on Monday.

Lawmakers stripped Hill of many of her duties last year and removed her as the head of the department, but the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that the move was unconstitutional. A District Court still must certify the ruling, but Hill told reporters today she’s ready to go back to work.

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Legislative
4:28 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Committee Votes To Let Lawmakers Work On Hill Bill

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The Wyoming Senate Rules Committee has passed a bill that would let a group of legislators work on amending the bill that took away the bulk of powers from the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The Supreme Court declared the so-called Hill bill unconstitutional, and now the legislature must fix it.

Cheri Steinmetz with the Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming testified against the bill, saying it's time the legislature stopped wasting money on the issue. But Senator Chris Rothfuss says the bill is necessary to resolve the management of the state's public school system.

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News
11:54 am
Tue January 28, 2014

WY Supreme Court Sides With Superintendent Cindy Hill

A divided Wyoming Supreme Court has ruled that a new law stripping many powers and duties from the state superintendent of public instruction is unconstitutional.

The court's 3-2 ruling Tuesday came in a lawsuit by Republican state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill challenging the law enacted a year ago by the GOP-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Matt Mead.

The law took effect in the middle of Hill's four-year term. The superintendent remained one of the five statewide elected officials but no longer oversaw the Wyoming Department of Education.

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News
5:11 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Wyoming receives failing grade for financial disclosure rules for justices

An investigation by the Center for Public Integrity gave the Wyoming Supreme Court’s financial disclosure rules an ‘F.’

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News
6:49 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Superintendent Hill takes her case to the Wyoming Supreme Court

It is now up to the Wyoming Supreme Court to resolve a dispute between the Legislature and schools Superintendent Cindy Hill over statewide management of Wyoming's public school system.
 
     The court heard an hour of arguments Tuesday in Hill's lawsuit challenging a new law stripping the superintendent's office of many of its powers and duties.
 
     The change occurred in the middle of Hill's four-year term. The superintendent remains one of the five statewide elected officials but no longer oversees the Wyoming Department of Education.
 

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News
5:32 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Fracking chemical disclosure decision appealed to WY Supreme Court

Public interest groups that lost a suit about disclosing fracking chemicals are appealing that decision to the Wyoming Supreme Court. Groups like Earthjustice and the Powder River Basin Resource Council argue that the separate chemicals used in the fracking process should be public information under the Wyoming Public Records Act.  A Wyoming District court Judge sided in March with the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission as well as industry when it ruled that not disclosing chemical identities when they are deemed a trade secret is permissible.

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News
4:46 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Supreme Court agrees to hear Hill case

The Wyoming Supreme Court has agreed to hear the lawsuit filed by state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill.
 
 Hill is suing the state and Gov. Matt Mead over a new law that took away many of her powers and duties.
 
Laramie County District Judge Thomas Campbell last month asked the Supreme Court to take up the lawsuit because it raises constitutional questions.
 

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News
4:51 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

WY Supreme Court sides with WY Sec. of State to remove term limits

Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield has won a year-long law suit to remove term limits for most statewide elected officials. Nearly a decade ago, the Wyoming Supreme Court overturned a voter initiative that instituted term limits – but the reversal only applied to state legislators. Secretary of State Max Maxfield says he believed that term limits were also unconstitutional when it came to his own office, and those of other statewide elected officials. So, he waited until he was in this – his final term – to file suit as an individual.

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News
3:43 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

WY Senate approves bill that could reduce number of full time magistrates

The State Senate has approved a bill that gives the Wyoming Supreme Court the authority to reduce the number of full time Circuit Court magistrates. A magistrate is appointed by a Judge to oversee court duties when the Judge is not present.  In rural areas a magistrate handles minor judicial duties.

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News
5:46 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Governor Mead picks new Justice

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has appointed Michael K. Davis to the state Supreme Court.

Davis is current a state district judge for Laramie County.  He will succeed Justice Michael Golden, who is retiring effective Sept. 30. Within the next month, Golden will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 set in the state Constitution.
 
Davis will be the first Justice chosen by Governor Mead. The Wyoming Supreme Court consists of five justices who serve eight-year terms. It decides cases and exercises administrative supervision over the Wyoming State Bar.

News
6:32 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Wyoming Supreme Court will hear term limits case

The Wyoming Supreme Court has agreed to
decide Secretary of State Max Maxfield's lawsuit challenging term
limits for statewide elected officials.
     Chief Justice Marilyn S. Kite on Tuesday signed a notice that
the court will decide whether the state law setting term limits for
statewide elected officials is constitutional and enforceable.
District Judge Thomas C. Campbell of Cheyenne earlier asked the
high court to resolve the question.
     Maxfield is now in his second four-year term as secretary of

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Open Spaces
5:27 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Chief Justice Kite wants to make young citizens of middle-schoolers

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The Wyoming Supreme Court is endorsing a new program to teach middle school students about Civics.  The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Marilyn Kite joined Bob Beck to explain the program.