The House Education Committee gave its stamp of approval to a bill that would change the way members of the State Board of Education are seated. The bill has already passed in the Senate.

SB18, which creates a nominating process in the nine school board districts, is long overdue, some representatives said. The measure calls for seven-member nominating committees, to be charged with selecting three to five nominees for state board seats. The governor will trim the number to two candidates to be on an election ballot."We have (current) members on the board who belong in another century," said Rep. Joanne Milner, D-Salt Lake. "I'm sorry the bill wasn't in place for the last election."

Rep. Jerrold Jensen, R-Salt Lake, agreed it was time for a change but said he preferred outright appointment of board members by the governor. The process proposed in SB18 makes a mockery of the election process, which is required by Utah's Constitution, he said. He voted for the bill nevertheless.