The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

May 25, 2013

Gov. Bentley looks at options for state boards

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Robert Bentley repeated himself this week when he signed nomination letters for trustees at Alabama State University and the University of North Alabama.

The Republican governor had already nominated Jacqueline Brooks of Tuskegee, Larry Thornton of Hueytown and Robert Gilpin of Montgomery to the ASU governing board and Simpson Russell of Florence to the UNA board. But the four were among 70 nominations to various state posts that died without a vote in the Alabama Senate, which spent much of the session in a partisan logjam.

With Bentley's repeat action, Brooks, Thornton, Gilpin and Russell can still serve as trustees until at least the 2014 legislative session, when they will again be up for Senate confirmation.

Bentley spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis said the governor's office is concerned that it may not be so simple for some of the other affected panels, which range from the state cosmetology board to the citizen panel that helps select school textbooks.

It's not immediately clear that any of the boards at issue will have enough vacancies that will threaten their ability to do business. But it's a complication that forces the governor's office to go statute-by-statute as it considers its legal options. At the very least, the situation highlights that the Alabama Constitution and code do not have uniform rules for seats on the state's agency, university and professional boards.

Boards at the University of Alabama System and Auburn University are both established in the constitution. The UA board is self-perpetuating, meaning existing members elect new members who are subject to Senate confirmation but can still serve immediately. So there's no practical effect to the Senate not confirming Harris Morrissette and Marietta Urquhart to additional terms.

Auburn trustees are selected by a nomination panel and must be confirmed by the Senate before serving. Members can serve only a year past their term, even if a successor is not confirmed and a vacancy ensues. But it took a series of rulings by the Alabama Supreme Court to establish when the staggered terms begin and end.

Text Only
Local News
Photos


Poll

Do you believe America will ever make another manned flight to the moon or another planet?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee