UT Regent Closer to Impeachment

By Bill O'Neil

A University of Texas Regent is a step closer to impeachment--after a vote from a Texas House Committee. 

Wallace Hall is accused of abusing his power amid his efforts to push School President Bill Powers out of his job. Critics said those abuses include massive open records requests, as well as possible violations of state and federal student privacy laws. 

State Representative Trey Martinez-Fischer and others are frustrated with what they see as Hall's lack of cooperation with investigators.  

"I feel there's no other choice but to move forward. Please show me as voting aye" Martinez-Fischer said, joined by six other members of the Texas House Select Committee on Transparency in voting to recommend Hall's impeachment.  State Representative Charles Perry voted no--though he also said some damage has clearly been done. 

"I think that U-T has lost a little bit of it's swagger" Perry said.  

If he is impeached and ultimately convicted, Hall would be the first Governor-appointed official to be removed from office.  


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