Embattled Wyoming schools chief Cindy Hill now has a House panel that will investigate her and a date to argue her case before the state Supreme Court.
House Speaker Tom Lubnau has appointed the House Rules and Procedures Committee to investigate Superintendent of Public Instruction Hill’s management of the state Education Department over the past two years.
The Legislature’s Management Council gave Lubnau permission to investigate information in a recent inquiry report that Hill may have misused federal funds while she ran the department. Hill was stripped of her authority over the department by a new state law enacted this past winter.
No date has yet been set for the committee to begin its work.
Hill does have a date with the Supreme Court, however.
The high court will hear oral arguments Aug. 20 in Hill’s legal challenge to a new state law that stripped her office of many of its powers.
Hill filed her legal challenge immediately after Gov. Matt Mead signed the bill into law earlier this year.
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.
Hill says the law made a fundamental change to state government and should have required an amendment to the state constitution.
The state contends that the Legislature has the constitutional authority to determine the powers and duties of the superintendent.
In addition to appointing the House committee to investigate Hill, Lubnau disclosed his communications regarding Hill and her possible impeachment.
In various emails, the Gillette Republican stated that talk of impeachment was premature and a
disservice to the superintendent’s office.