Monday, December 18, 2006

Legislative Hearing in Champaign (The Chief Issue)

We mentioned a while back that Congressman Tim Johnson and Speaker Dennis Hastert had introduced a bill in Congress (HR 5289) known as "The Protection of University Governance Act of 2006." The bill was introduced in response to the NCAA's intrusion on the local autonomy of its member institutions (specifically, the bill was at least partially triggered by the NCAA's ruling on the Chief and symbols of other universities).

While the bill did not pass in the 109th Congress and will have to be re-introduced in January, Congressman Johnson led a field hearing on the issue in Champaign this past Friday. The News-Gazette provides a summary of the hearing, who testified, and what was said. We will continue to keep you posted on this situation as events warrant.

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