Wyoming Legislature Approves Bill to Keep Presidential Searches Secret

A bill that would allow presidential searches at the University of Wyoming and the state’s community colleges to be closed to the public won quick approval in the Legislature on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported, but it was unclear whether Gov. Matt Mead would sign the measure into law. “I need some more discussion on this,” he said. The bill was introduced after news organizations protested a decision by the university’s trustees to hold a confidential search for a new president. In a ruling last month, a state judge sided with news-media groups that had contended in court that current law requires the names of presidential finalists to be made public. The new bill, which would take effect as soon as the governor signs it, could effectively nullify that ruling.

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