The State Board of Education wants a voice on a task force that has been proposed to study trust land issues.
The Legislature's Education Interim Committee last week unanimously supported the proposal. A tentative bill has been written to create a task force consisting entirely of legislators. It will be considered by the full Legislature during the session beginning in January.State Board Member M. Richard Maxfield said Friday board members should be included in the study group, since the board is responsible for education in the state.
"Why is there no State Board representation?" he asked. "We would be giving away part of our authority."
The board will ask the legislative committee to consider adding at least two board members to the task force and also will ask that the final results and recommendations of the group be presented to the board, as well as to the Legislature.
Public education is not the only state entity to have an interest in trust lands, although the bulk of the lands were set aside for the support of the public schools. Other tracts were dedicated to the state's universities, a miner's hospital, the state hospital, reservoirs and other special interests.