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Wyoming Education Department Director Referendum (2014)

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The Wyoming Education Department Director Referendum was not on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Wyoming as a veto referendum.

The measure would have repealed Senate File 104. SF 104, also called the "Hill Bill," created an appointed education department director and transferred a number of duties from the elected state superintendent of public instruction to that position.[1][2]

Support of referendum

The Wyoming Constitution Party sponsored the referendum effort.[1]

Opposition to referendum

Arguments

  • The state legislature supported the law because they believed Superintendent Cindy Hill was mismanaging the state education department and preventing legislative work aimed at overhauling the state's public school system.[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing citizen initiatives in Wyoming

In order to qualify a veto referendum for the ballot, a minimum of 37,606 signatures needed to be submitted to the Wyoming Secretary of State within 90 days after the state legislature adjourns.

Wyoming's legislative session ended on February 27, therefore, petitioners needed file signatures by May 28.[1] Reports indicated that signatures were filed right up until the deadline, but supporters were unsure of their total. Wyoming's secretary of state had sixty days to count them.[3]

On May 31, Wyoming election director Peggy Nighswonger announced that only 21,991 signatures had been collected, thereby disqualifying the measure.[4]

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