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Student Governor Voting

A Senate committee is considering a bill that would give students members of university governing boards voting rights. KSMU's Katie Hummel reports.

THE GOVERNING BOARDS THAT OVERSEE THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY AND TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY ALL HAVE STUDENT MEMBERS.

THE STUDENT MEMBER IS ELECTED THE SAME WAY AS THE OTHER MEMBERS : THE GOVERNOR NOMINATES THEM AND THE SENATE APPROVES THEM AFTER NUMEROUS INTERVIEWS AND BACKGROUND CHECKS.

BUT UNLIKE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS, THESE STUDENTS DO NOT HAVE VOTING PRIVILGES.

BUT LAWMAKERS ARE CONSIDERING CHANGING THAT.

THE SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE RECENTLY HEARD PUBLIC TESTIMONY ON A BILL THAT WOULD EXTEND VOTING RIGHTS TO A STUDENT BOARD MEMBER.

SENATOR KEVIN ENGLER IS SPONSORING THE BILL.

HE SAYS THE STUDENTS HAVE EARNED A RIGHT TO VOTE ON THE BOARD.

BUT OTHERS ARE WORRIED THAT THIS COULD RESULT IN TOO MUCH RESPOBSILBITY FOR THE STUDENTS.

SENATOR YVONNE WILSON SAYS SHE DOESN'T THINK STUDENTS SHOULD TAKE ON THAT KIND OF RESPONSIBILITY.

WILSON WOULD KNOW VERY WELL HOW PRIVATE SOME OF THESE ISSUES CAN GET.

BUT ENGLER SAYS HE THINKS THESE STUDENTS ARE AT THE CORRECT AGE TO BE MAKING THESE TYPES OF DECISIONS.

ENGLER SAYS THE SENATE COMMITTEE WILL VOTE ON THE BILL NEXT WEEK.

HIS BILL HAS BI-PARTISAN SUPPORT.