Governor, Treasurer agree to settle lawsuit

August 1, 2019

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon and Treasurer Curtis E. Meier Jr. announced Thursday they settled a lawsuit reaffirming the Treasurer’s Constitutional authority to approve contracts for “repairing and furnishing the halls and rooms used for the meeting of the legislature and its committees.”

The suit, filed in May 2016 as Gordon v State when the current Governor was Treasurer, initially challenged the Legislature’s decision to omit the Treasurer from the State Capitol Building Rehabilitation and Oversight Group. The suit was amended to Meier v State May 27.

“I want to thank Treasurer Meier for working diligently to achieve a result that respects the Wyoming Constitution,” Governor Gordon said.

“I would like to thank Governor Gordon for taking the initiative to challenge the Legislature’s decision when he was Treasurer,” Treasurer Meier added. “I believe our Constitution clearly states who should approve these types of contracts, and the agreement reaffirms this belief."

The settlement agreement also creates a process for identifying which contracts are subject to the provisions of Wyoming Constitution Article 3 § 31 and a procedure for approving such contracts.

The District Court of the First Judicial Circuit approved the dismissal of the suit with prejudice on Friday.