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Archive for Thursday, March 23, 1995

SENATE CONFIRMS 2 NEW REGENTS

March 23, 1995

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Bob Talkington and Ken Havner are the newest members of the Kansas Board of Regents, but time is running out for two other nominees.

Two down, two to go.

Without debate Wednesday, the Senate unanimously confirmed the appointment of former state Sen. Bob Talkington of Iola and attorney Ken Havner of Hays to the Kansas Board of Regents.

That leaves the nomination of Arkansas City lawyer Bill Docking and Cimarron rancher Sid Warner for the Senate to deal with in the waning days of the '95 session.

Docking said in an interview that the smooth confirmation of Talkington and Havner was comforting.

"I don't have any reason to be concerned at this time," he said. "I was informed late last week that my KBI background check had been completed."

A Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent was assigned to look into the 28-page questionnaire and supporting documents submitted by Docking, the brother of former state Lt. Gov. Tom Docking.

Warner didn't have to undergo KBI scrutiny because he had previously passed a KBI check and was reappointed by Gov. Bill Graves to the board that oversees Kansas University and five other public universities.

The Senate Education Committee will conduct confirmation hearings for Docking and Warner.

It's possible Warner's hearing will be Monday in Topeka, but Docking won't be able to testify before the committee until the final days of the session in April.

Talkington, an Iola attorney, served 20 years in the Legislature, including four years as Senate president. He holds education and law degrees from KU.

Havner, an active supporter of Fort Hays State University for more than 25 years, attended graduate school at KU. Two of his children are KU students.

Both of the newly confirmed regents' terms on the board expire Dec. 31, 1998.

Also Wednesday, on a 40-0 vote, senators confirmed the appointment of KU accounting lecturer Bill Lewis to the Pooled Money Investment Board. The board oversees the investment of state funds.

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