The House approved Senate Concurrent Resolution 4016 in a 50-41 vote Tuesday, a day after narrowly defeating it. Bismarck Republican Rep. Jason Dockter, who voted against the proposal Monday, asked his colleagues to change their mind.
“Let’s let the people vote on this,” said Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck.
The proposal would expand the State Board of Higher Education from eight to 15 members. It would also lengthen the non-student board members’ terms and prevent their stints from being served consecutively, a move intended to relieve political pressure.
Supporters said a larger board would aid an overworked panel that oversees the state’s 11 public colleges and universities. Critics said it would make it more inefficient.
Gov. Doug Burgum, a Republican who campaigned on reinventing government, created