Mead and legislators face suit for no bid contracts

(Wyoming)- Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and top state lawmakers are being sued by a Casper legislator and a Uinta County man. The claim is that Mead and lawmakers violated the Wyoming State Constitution by issuing no-bid contracts for the $300-million renovation of the state Capitol building. Casper Republican Representative Gerald Gay, and Karl Allred of Evanston filed the lawsuit Thursday in State Court in Cheyenne. The attorney representing Allred and Gay is Drake Hill of Cheyenne. Hill is the husband of former Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill. In January 2013, Governor Matt Mead signed legislation that stripped Hill of most of her official duties as Superintendent, on the grounds that she did not manage the department properly and created a "hostile workplace environment"; the changes for months rendered Hill as a mostly ceremonial political figure, until the Wyoming Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional. After her demotion, Hill announced that she does not yield to politically expedient decisions and challenged Mead for re-nomination in the Republican gubernatorial primary held on August 19, 2014. She ultimately finished third in the primary with 12,443 votes #reboot #news #dally #county17 #oilcity #county10 #shortgo #buckrail #springcity