Wyoming Supreme Court Declares Term Limits Unconstitutional Again
The Wyoming Supreme Court, in an opinion released today has declared that term limits for Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor and Superintendent of Public Instruction are unconstitutional. The court didn't rule on the question of whether term limits for the office of governor are constitutional. The ruling follows a 2004 decision that overturned term limits for state legislators. Voters approved term limits by initiative in 1992. The court says qualifications for state offices are spelled out in the Wyoming Constitution and requirements can only be changed by constitutional amendment, not state statute. Maxfield, who's now in his second term as secretary of state, filed the legal challenge in 2011 in his individual capacity.