Missouri governor to veto student curator bill

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt is vetoing legislation that could have given a student the right to vote on the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

Blunt confirmed his veto intentions in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press.

The Board of Curators currently has nine voting members -- one from each of Missouri's congressional districts. A student serves as a 10th, nonvoting member.

A bill passed this year would have given the student curator voting rights if Missouri loses a congressional district -- and thus a regular curator -- as a result of the next census.

Blunt says he believes the current system works well. He also says some in the higher education community are concerned about allowing a student to vote on university policies.

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