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Regent amendment defeated in House

A proposed constitutional amendment to create nominating committees for university regent appointments failed to pass the House on Friday when the 32-27 vote in favor fell short of the 36 votes required for constitutional amendments.

Nine House members who were present Friday were not in the chamber at the time of the vote.

Currently, regents are appointed by the governor. House Joint Resolution 7, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, would narrow possible appointees to a list compiled by a bipartisan nominating committee that includes university faculty and students.