- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming lawmakers have advanced a budget bill that would prevent school districts from using state-appropriated funds to sue the state.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2kGighd ) that the Senate passed its budget bill on Friday and included an amendment that would stop districts’ ability to take the state to court. Schools would still be able to use savings to fund any lawsuits they might file.

The amendment is notable because Wyoming lawmakers have been slashing education funding in order to deal with a projected $400 million annual shortfall. Lawmakers fear the cuts will lead to lawsuits.

A similar amendment in the House failed Monday.

If the House adopts a budget bitt, a group of lawmakers from the House and Senate will meet later to reconcile the differences between their legislating, including the lawsuit restriction.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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