Texas Senate votes to weaken university regents

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Associated Press

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 2:02 AM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 11:04 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate gave final approval to a bill creating new limits to the powers of university regents to fire campus presidents and requires them to under undergo ethics training. Wednesday's vote sends the bill to Gov. Rick Perry.

Texas public university regents are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. The bill approved Wednesday says regents could not fire presidents without first getting a recommendation from the university system chancellor.

Lawmakers passed the bill after several legislative leaders became upset with University of Texas regents appointed by Gov. Rick Perry and attempts by some to oust Austin campus President Bill Powers.

Power has clashed with regents on issues including tuition costs, the roles of teaching and research at the university, for more than two years.

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