House Speaker Calling for Resignation of Three Regents at Southeast Missouri State

FEBRUARY 10, 2006 - Posted at 5:58 p.m. CST

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - Governor Blunt is expressing concern about House Speaker Rod Jetton's call for the resignation of three regents at Southeast Missouri State University.

Jetton, a Republican from Marble Hill, says he won't support state funding for construction of Southeast's River Campus arts school unless regents president John Tlapek and members Brad Bedell and Gail Rosmarin step down.

Blunt says the forced resignations would set a bad precedent.

The university is seeking $17 million in state funds to help pay for the River Campus that opens in the fall of 2007.

Some lawmakers are still upset with a 2003 decision by the regents to finance the River Campus through issuing bonds, but without approval from the state.  The regents named by Jetton were part of the 2003 board.

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