"Hill Bill" Referendum Effort Fails

by K2 News Desk, info@k2tv.com 
The effort to repeal the so called "Hill Bill" by voter referendum has failed. Supporters of a petition drive fell far short of the number of signatures needed to get the issue on the 2014 general election ballot. 
Earlier this year the Wyoming Legislature passed, and Governor Mead signed, a bill that stripped away most of the power of current school superintendent Cindy Hill and anyone who holds the office in the future. 
The Wyoming Constitution Party led the effort to put the issue before voters. However, state law requires some 37,000 valid signatures from registered voters for a referendum. Wyoming's election director says only about 22,000 were turned in. 
There is still a constitutional challenge to the law waiting to be heard by the Wyoming Supreme court. 
In the meantime, the field of potential candidates for a new education director that will be appointed by the Governor has been narrowed to six people. One of those candidates is a former Natrona County Schools superintendent.