State Officials Spat Over Third ESA Lawsuit

Jan 11, 2016

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Lt. Governor Mark Hutchison is firing back after other state officials have chastised him for filing a private lawsuit against the state’s Education Savings Account program. Our Contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno reports.

The ESA law was passed last year but is being contested in two lawsuits challenging its constitutionality. The program would allow families to receive state money to attend schools of their choice, including religious-based schools.

Last month, Lt. Governor Mark Hutchison, who is also a private attorney, filed a separate lawsuit on behalf of multiple Nevada families to ensure that funding is available to them, even though the state is waiting for a judge’s decision on the other two lawsuits.

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt filed a motion to dismiss Hutchison’s suit and called it a “political show.” 

And State Treasurer Dan Schwartz has even harsher words for Hutchison:

“All it’s going to do is distract from our other cases, which are serious cases. It’s a political stunt. It’s a perversion of justice. I’m seriously considering asking him to resign.”

Hutchison released a statement in response, saying that the treasurer has a history of questionable decision-making and inaccurate statements, and that his recent comments are no exception.