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Wyoming Nonresidential Trustees Amendment, Constitutional Amendment A (2014)

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Nonresidential Trustees Amendment
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Article 7, Section 17
Referred by:Wyoming State Legislature
Topic:Admin of gov't
Status:On the ballot

The Wyoming Nonresidential Trustees, Constitutional Amendment A is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in the state of Wyoming as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would allow the governor to appoint non-Wyoming citizens to serve as University of Wyoming trustees. Only 20 percent of the trustee positions, however, would be allowed to be filled by out-of-state citizens.[1]

The amendment was sponsored in the Wyoming Legislature by Senate President Tony Ross (R-4) as Senate Joint Resolution 1.[2]

Text of measure

Ballot title

The official ballot text reads as follows:[1]

The adoption of this amendment would allow the governor to appoint nonresidents of the state to serve as University of Wyoming trustees. Not more than twenty percent (20%) of the appointed trustees may be nonresidents of the state. The governor would not be required to appoint any nonresident as a trustee. All appointments to the board of trustees are with the advice and consent of the Wyoming Senate.[3]

Constitutional changes

Amendment A amends Section 17 of Article 7 of the Constitution of Wyoming to read:[1]

The legislature shall provide by law for the management of the university, its lands and other property by a board of trustees, consisting of not less than seven members, to be appointed by the governor by and with the advice and consent of the senate, and the president of the university, and the superintendent of public instruction, as members ex officio, as such having the right to speak, but not to vote. The duties and powers of the trustees shall be prescribed by law. Not more than twenty percent (20%) of the appointed trustees may be nonresidents of the state, notwithstanding the provisions of Article 6, Section 15 of this Constitution.

Support

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The amendment was introduced into the Wyoming Legislature by Senate President Tony Ross (R-4).

Supporters

Media editorial positions

2014 measures
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November 4
Amendment A
Endorsements
See also: Endorsements of Wyoming ballot measures, 2014

Support

  • Casper Star-Tribune said, "Being a working, dedicated trustee from outside the state would obviously take a special commitment from a UW graduate who lives elsewhere, who would have to take on the extra workload in addition to their regular job. But we believe there are people with special ties to UW who would be valuable resources to the university if they are given the chance to serve as trustees. We hope Ross’ bill passes and gives Wyoming an opportunity to take advantage of their expertise."[4]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Wyoming Constitution

A two-thirds vote in both chambers of the Wyoming State Legislature was required to refer the amendment to the ballot. SJR 1 was approved by the Wyoming Senate on January 30, 2013. The amendment was approved by the Wyoming House of Representatives on February 11, 2013.[2]

Senate vote

January 30, 2013 Senate vote

Wyoming SF 38 Senate Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 25 83.33%
No516.67%

House vote

February 11, 2013 House vote

Wyoming SF 38 House Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 39 67.24%
No1932.76%

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