Institutional governing boards bill approved by Ways and Means Committee

The Ways and Means Committee of the Oregon Legislature voted late Friday to approve Senate Bill 270, which would authorize institutional governing boards for the University of Oregon, Portland State University and possibly Oregon State University.

The bill, which was passed by the committee with just one "no" vote, will next go before the full Oregon Senate – most likely on Monday. If approved by the Senate, it will move on to the House of Representatives.

The Ways and Means Committee also voted on Friday to approve House Bill 3120, which grants additional authorities to Oregon's Higher Education Coordinating Commission.