House Speaker Jim Tucker has scrapped his push to merge the governing boards for four-year public colleges, after facing significant opposition from lawmakers and higher education leaders.

 


 House Speaker Jim Tucker has scrapped his push to merge the governing boards for four-year public colleges, after facing significant opposition from lawmakers and higher education leaders.
Instead, Tucker's proposing to strengthen the authority of the Board of Regents as the policy-making board for all of public higher education in Louisiana.
The House Education Committee approved the revamped proposal Wednesday. It goes next to the House. It's similar to Senate-backed legislation already advancing in the House, but Tucker's goes a bit farther - by putting the language in the state Constitution, rather than simply in law.
Tucker suffered an embarrassing defeat earlier this session when his bid to merge the boards failed to even get out of a House committee, despite his backing and the support of Gov. Bobby Jindal.