Iowa Senate OKs bill for Regents’ transparency

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Senate has approved legislation to make the Iowa Board of Regents more transparent.

The Senate passed the measure Tuesday in a 49 to 1 vote. It now moves to the House.

The measure requires the board that oversees Iowa’s state universities to operate like local government by providing opportunity for public comment.

Under current law, the governor appoints all nine board members. If the bill passes, the ninth member would be elected by faculty members.

It would also prohibit the board’s executive director, members or staff from having a business relationship with any employee of a regent institution.

Democratic Sen. Jeff Danielson of Cedar Falls says the bill stipulates “basic stuff” that any organization employing Iowans should follow.

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