Iowa Senate study bill addresses regents changes


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The Iowa Senate is considering a study bill that would impose restrictions on the Board of Regents as well as change the way that one member is elected.

Senate Study Bill 1163, introduced by Sen. Jeff Danielson, D-Cedar Falls, on Feb. 13, would require one member of the board to be selected by regent-university faculty.

The bill would also bar regents from being a member of a political committee, participating in political activists, be a candidate for a political office, or be identified as an activist for or against an issue.

Beyond restricting regents, the bill requires two public readings of any proposal over $100,000, and requires the regents to hold public forums in six geographic regions across Iowa.

Finally, the bill would change regents’ meetings by requiring at least 30 minutes of public comments with each member of the public getting at least five minutes to speak.

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