By Chase Brush
Controversial bills to add four governors to board could face state and federal constitutional challenges
A controversial endeavor to expand Rutgers University’s board of governors made headway yesterday when two identical bills — one in the assembly, sponsored by Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson), and one in the senate, sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney — were advanced and amended, respectively. The first (A-3046) was passed by during the Senate Budget Committee hearing, and amendments to the second (S-1860) were approved on the Senate floor.
What’s more, the measures were advanced and amended despite – or because of — a legal opinion by the Office of Legislative Services released Wednesday, which found that the bills could violate both state and U.S. Constitution.