Lawmakers Approve College Board Restructuring Plan

The House and Senate adopted a compromise Tuesday to restructure the state College Board.

The proposed constitutional amendment must be submitted to voters for ratification.

The compromise would provide that four board members will be chosen from each of the three state Supreme Court districts. The plan also would shorten board members' terms from 12 years to nine.

The House originally wanted College Board members to serve six-year terms. The Senate wanted eight-year terms with board members selected from each of the four new congressional districts.

The proposal will need voters' approval in November 2003. It also would have to be approved by the U.S. Justice Department to ensure fairness to minorities.

Under the plan now in place, one College Board member is appointed from each of the seven congressional districts in effect in 1944, one from each of the three Supreme Court districts and two others from anywhere in the state.