AUSTIN (AP) — The Senate Nominations Committee has approved Gov. Rick Perry's three appointments to the University of Texas System board of regents, sending them to the full Senate for consideration.
The nominations are being closely watched as state lawmakers have clashed with regents over the performance of Austin campus president Bill Powers. Lawmakers have supported Powers, who is believed to be fighting to keep his job
The Senate is considering the appointment of new regents Jeff Hildebrand of Houston and Ernest Aliseda of McAllen, and the re-appointment of board vice chairman Paul Foster.
In a Monday hearing, all three nominees said that if confirmed, they had no intention of trying to fire Powers. On Tuesday, the panel voted 6-0 to send their nominations to the full Senate.
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