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Proposal Allowing Out-of-State Representation in Louisiana Higher Ed Boards Fails

Voters rejected a proposal to allow out-of-state representation on Louisiana’s higher ed governing boards the News Star reported.

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Amendment No. 1 to the Louisiana Constitution would have allowed the governor to appoint up to two out-of-state members to the Louisiana Community and Technical College, LSU, Southern University and University of Louisiana management boards, News Star reported. There would be no effect to the state’s overarching Board of Regents.

Supporters argued that the amendment would have offered varied perspectives and skills.

The proposal – introduced by state Sen. Cleo Fields – had support from all four of the school boards but was opposed in the end by the state’s Republican Party.

The party argued that the change would allow for “rich outsiders who would do political favors to obtain such appointments from governors.”

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