Walker vetoes bill requiring university regents be regionally-based

    (JUNEAU, Alaska) - A bill requiring six of the eleven members of the University of Alaska Board of Regents to live in certain regions of the state is being shot down by the governor.

    A bill requiring six of the eleven members of the University of Alaska Board of Regents to live in certain regions of the state is being shot down by the governor.

    Governor Bill Walker vetoed the bill Thursday saying regionally-based representatives would undermine the efforts to continue developing the university system in a collaborative manner.

    Representative Lynn Gattis was the prime sponsor of the bill and said the requirements would give a voice to those who live in the Matanuska-Susitna borough and in rural Alaska.

    Currently there are no geographic requirements and the governor's appointments are confirmed by the legislature.

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