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University of Wyoming seeks changes to public records law

 Laurie Nichols will be the temporary president of Black Hills State University while a permanent president is recruited. Nichols was recently president of the University of Wyoming. (photo courtesy BHSU)
Laurie Nichols will be the temporary president of Black Hills State University while a permanent president is recruited. Nichols was recently president of the University of Wyoming. (photo courtesy BHSU) (KOTA)
Published: May. 21, 2020 at 6:12 PM CDT
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University of Wyoming lawyers have requested multiple changes to the state’s public records law after losing a legal effort to shield the circumstances surrounding the demotion of Laurie Nichols, the university’s former president last year.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported that the university counsel is seeking to implement a number of exemptions to the law including better language defining what qualifies as a personnel file.

The memo also requests clarification on what is determined as a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy under the law. The memo was made public this week.

The Joint Judiciary Committee expects to address the issue further in August.

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