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Students testify at the Nevada Legislature in support of a student regent

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Who: The Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) and University students from across Nevada

What: The ASUN Department of Legislative Affairs will transport students to the state legislature to attend the Assembly Education Committee meeting and to testify in support of AJR-8, a bill which proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to add a student to the Board of Regents.

When: Monday, April 8, 2013. The bus of University students will arrive at the state legislative building at approximately 2 p.m. The committee meeting will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Where: Nevada State Legislative Building in Carson City, Nevada.

Details: Since early 2012, the ASUN Department of Legislative Affairs has been researching and advocating for a student position on the Board of Regents. Currently, 40 states in the Unites States have a student position on their governing boards of education.

During the 2012 interim legislative session, after the ASUN Department of Legislative Affairs advocated for such a position, the Interim Education Committee submitted a bill draft request that would create a bill for a student regent for the 2013 session. That bill has now been introduced and is being heard at the Assembly Education Committee meeting.

The ASUN Department of Legislative Affairs, along with students from around the state, will be attending the meeting and providing testimony in support of the bill.

“As representatives of the student population at the University of Nevada, we want to show our support for this bill,” said Ben Pelt, director of the ASUN Department of Legislative Affairs. “Having a student position on the Board of Regents would allow our students to help decide the future of higher education in this state.”

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