- Associated Press - Saturday, December 31, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Attorneys in a lawsuit contesting a $300 million project to renovate the Wyoming Capitol argued over whether two men have the right to dispute the construction contracts in court.

Laramie County District Judge Catherine Rogers took Friday’s arguments under advisement and will rule later.

The lawsuit filed by state Rep. Gerald Gay of Casper and Karl Allred of Evanston claims Gov. Matt Mead and legislative leaders improperly awarded contracts for the renovations, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/2ip0BtP).

Attorneys for the state want the case dismissed, saying the two men lack standing to sue.

“The law is very clear - you have to have a personal interest at stake,” special assistant attorney general Jay Jerde said.

Gay and Allred seek judicial review of the contract awarding process. They claim that with a renovation committee made up of both state lawmakers and executive branch officials including Mead, the Legislature improperly reached into the functions of the executive branch.

The men argue they have standing to sue as citizens of Wyoming.

“It’s a case about constitutional rights - inherent and inalienable rights,” said their attorney, Drake Hill.

A different lawsuit over the project filed by State Treasurer Mark Gordon claims the way the project’s contracts have been carried out violates the state constitution.


Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, https://www.wyomingnews.com

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