- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A proposal is moving ahead in the House for revamping the selection of the governing boards for public universities.

The House Education Committee on Wednesday approved a proposed constitutional amendment to establish independent nominating commissions to recommend candidates to the governor for appointment as regents.

The bipartisan commissions would be similar to panels that screen applicants for judgeships and recommend candidates to the governor for possible appointment.

Democratic Rep. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces said the proposed change would help ensure the “best and brightest” oversee New Mexico’s universities.

The governor currently appoints regents and Steinborn said the positions often go to political supporters.

The measure heads to another committee.

If the Legislature approves the proposal, voters would decide whether to adopt it.

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