After breezing through the House by an 83-26 vote Monday, a bill that calls for a student vote on the Board of Governors might be bottled up in the Senate Rules Committee.
President of the UNC Association of Student Governments Andrew Payne wanted the bill to move into the Senate Education Committee.
But that window of opportunity might have closed on Tuesday when the bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Rules and Operations.
A similar bill, proposed in the Senate by Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-Orange, was referred to the Rules Committee on Feb. 20, and has been there ever since.
In 1999, a similar bill died in the Rules Committee.
Chairman of the Rules Committee Sen. Tony Rand, D-Cumberland, said he is opposed to allowing a student vote on the Board of Governors and, as of right now, has no plans to put the House bill on the Senate calendar.
"It takes a significant amount of knowledge to serve on the BOG," Rand said. "Students don't have that."
As chairman of the committee, Rand determines when bills are called for discussion on the Senate floor, and he has the power to simply not schedule a bill for discussion. In such a case, a bill could be stuck in a committee indefinitely.
Despite the fact that the House bill was approved overwhelmingly and the Senate version of the bill has 18 co-sponsors, Rand said he feels no pressure in giving the bill a chance to be heard. "I intend to talk to other members and see what their feelings are, but I have not put it on the calendar yet for discussion."