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Published February 27, 2013, 11:03 AM

N.D. Senate Reverses Vote, OKs Shirvani Buyout Amendment

North Dakota state senators Wednesday morning reversed a vote from the previous day and approved funding to the University System’s budget to allow the State Board of Higher Education to buy out Chancellor Hamid Shirvani’s remaining contract.

By: TJ Jerke, Forum News Service

BISMARCK -- North Dakota state senators this morning reversed a vote from the previous day and approved funding to the University System’s budget to allow the State Board of Higher Education to buy out Chancellor Hamid Shirvani’s remaining contract.

The amendment to include $854,520 for the buyout was adopted by a 28-19 vote.

The system’s budget, Senate Bill 2003, which had been approved Tuesday, was reconsidered by a majority vote of the members this morning.

After a bill is passed, it sits at the front desk of the Senate until the end of the following day in case lawmakers want to reconsider their vote. If the bill is reconsidered more than two days after the original vote, it takes a two-thirds vote to reconsider the bill.

Tuesday, the buyout amendment, sponsored by Sen. Tony Grindberg, R-Fargo, failed by a single vote in the Senate. The Senate later passed the University System budget without the amendment.

Shirvani has been a controversial figure since taking over as the leader of North Dakota’s 11 public colleges and universities, drawing criticism from some state lawmakers and college students.

The State Board of Higher Education, which hired Shirvani last year, has remained supportive of the chancellor.

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