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Forum News Service, Published March 13 2013

Council of regents resolution shot down

BISMARCK – The Senate shot down a resolution that would have given voters the ability to remove the state Board of Higher Education, and replace it with a council of regents.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 4028 was one of four proposals to restructure the current higher education system. It failed by a 13-34 vote.

The bill was sent to the floor with no recommendation by the Senate Education Committee.

“Many members believe changes are necessary, but this bill is not the right avenue for those changes,” said Sen. Nicole Poolman, R-Bismarck.

The council would have consisted of 10 members, three of whom would be statewide elected positions with state legislators filling most of the other seats.

The resolution’s sponsor, Sen. Joe Miller, R-Park River, said it would allow the Legislature to be involved with the discussions but keep higher ed from being too politicized.