DES MOINES (AP) — Legislation intended to make the Iowa Board of Regents more transparent was overwhelmingly approved Tuesday by the State Senate.
The measure requires the board, which oversees Iowa's state universities, to operate more like a local government by providing opportunity for public comment.
Under the bill, the board would need to hold two public hearings before making major decisions that cost $100,000 or more, and regents would be required to hold public forums quarterly in at least four geographic regions.
The governor currently appoints all nine board members, though the bill would allow the ninth member to be elected by faculty members. The legislation also would prohibit the board's executive director, members and staff from having a business relationship with any employee of a regents institution.
The Senate voted 49-1 to approve the bill, which now moves to the House.
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