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Nevada Students Seek Seat on Board of Regents

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University of Nevada students testified at the Nevada Legislature Monday hoping to get a stronger voice in the Nevada System of Higher Education.

Students have introduced a bill that would add a student seat on the Board of Regents.

Assembly Joint Resolution 8 would begin the process for an amendment to the Nevada constitution that would allow for a student regent.

Students say after years of budget cuts it's time they had a say.

"It's important for students to have a voice in the decisions that directly affect them. And this bill will provide that, and give students a tangible voice on the Board of Regents," says Ben Pelt, Department of Legislative Affairs ASUN.

But it's a long process before it can happen - a constitutional amendment has to pass two full sessions of the legislature and then be put on the ballot, and voted into law.

Democratic Assemblyman David Bobzien of District 24 says best case scenario a student would be on the board by 2016 or 2017 and that's barring any major opposition. "I think that we've worked with the potential opposition, folks that had concerns about what this would mean for the dynamics of the board. I know that the higher education system itself is neutral on this, as they should be."

There are two financial notes attached to this amendment: about $8,000 per year for the new regent's expenses - as well as the money it costs to get a measure on the ballot, about $67,000.

Written by Arianna Bennett

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