Wyoming Education Department Director Referendum (2014)

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The Wyoming Education Department Director Referendum was a veto referendum in Wyoming that failed to qualify for the general election ballot on November 4, 2014.

The measure would repeal Senate File 104. The law, 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 is sponsoring the referendum effort.[1]

Opposition to referendum

Governor Matt Mead signed Senate File 104 into law.[1]

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 must 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 indicate 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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