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State officials blow whistle on regents, call penalty on ASU over football coach buyout

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Todd Graham was relieved of his duties as ASU football coach Sunday morning after six seasons in which he amassed a 46-31 record. A few hours after the news broke, Athletic Director Ray Anderson (shown here) held a press conference to justify the firing./ Nicholas Badders/Cronkite News

Pinal’s Finchem wants Legislature to have juice with Board of Regents

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Pinal Central

Pinal County Republican lawmaker wants to know whether he and fellow legislators can legally clamp down on the Arizona Board of Regents.

Rep. Mark Finchem of Oro Valley said it’s clear the board is established by the Arizona Constitution. But Finchem said it appears the duties of the board — and perhaps even the makeup — are within the purview of lawmakers.

Finchem isn’t just speculating. He wants an informal legal opinion from Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

He told Capitol Media Services his request follows a series of disputes between board members and lawmakers, even including threats of litigation by the regents against lawmakers over issues like the level of state funding.

“Quite frankly, a lot of us have had it,” Finchem said.

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