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Senate panel OKs bill to shrink Penn State board

June 11, 2014

HARRISBURG (AP) Legislation to shrink the size of Penn State's board of trustees from 30 to 23 members has passed its first test.

The Senate State Government Committee approved the bill unanimously Tuesday.

It is sponsored by Sen. John Yudichak, a Luzerne County Democrat and Penn State graduate. He says it'll create a more effective and more engaged board.

Yudichak's bill would allow eight alumni-elected members, five appointees of the governor, five elected by the agriculture industry and five from the business and industry community, selected by a trustee committee.

His bill would remove the governor, the university president and the secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The Pennsylvania secretary of education and secretary of agriculture would serve as non-voting members of the board.

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