Senate passes bill reforming the Board of Regents selection process

ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York Senate passes legislation to
reform the selection process for the state Board of Regents to better reflect the
population of the entire state.

The bill, S2031A, establishes a more equitable and balanced
appointment process for the selection of the Board of Regents who are charged
with setting education policy in New York.

Under the bill, the appointment of the 17 Regents would take
place as follows: eight to be chosen by the governor; three by the Majority
Leader of the Senate; three by the Speaker of the Assembly; one each by the
Minority Leaders of the Senate and Assembly; and one appointment to be selected
on a rotating basis by the governor, majority leader and speaker.

The existing selection of Regents requires confirmation by a
majority vote of all 213 members of the Legislature, giving the Assembly's
Democrat majority virtual control over the selection of Regents.

The bill makes the selection of Regents more open and
inclusive. It opens up Regents membership to more worthy candidates by giving
appointment authority to the governor and the majority and minority leaders of the
Senate and Assembly.

The bill is sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle of Port
Jefferson. It will be sent to the Assembly.

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