A crew of anti-education Mugwumps wants to help Governor Kristi Noem eliminate government bloat by shrinking the Board of Regents.
House Bill 1251, brought by Rapid City conservative Republican Representative Tina Mullaly, would kick all nine people off the Board of Regents this July 1 and empower the Governor to appoint five Regents. HB 1251 would cut terms on the Board of Regents from six years to three and toughen the current limit on two consecutive terms to require a member to sit out for three years instead of just two before the Governor could reappoint that member to the Regents.
And in a real kicker, HB 1251 adopts a proposal that appears in the famous Gibb report of 1970, a document that has been circulating this Session in conversations about Senator Ryan Maher’s proposal to study consolidating some campus administration. HB 1251 would forbid residents of counties in which Regental institutions are located from serving as Regents. That restriction would boot Randy Scheafer, Jim Thares, Jim Morgan from the Regental ranks. It would also make having a student Regent complicated, since only students who maintain residence outside of their campus county could serve.
HB 1251 just hit the hopper yesterday. It awaits assignment to committee.