ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The University of Minnesota Board of Regents plans to review whether Regent Steve Sviggum’s new job with the Senate Republican caucus poses a conflict of interest.
Regents Chair Linda Cohen announced the review Tuesday, the day Sviggum started his new job.READ MORE: End Of Federal Eviction Moratorium Won’t Affect Minnesota Renters, State Is On ‘Its Own Timeline’
In a statement, Cohen says the board will “carefully review the situation” under its ethics code and determine what steps are necessary “to take in the best interest of the board and the university.”READ MORE: COVID-19 In MN: Health Officials Report 700+ Additional Virus Cases, 5 More Deaths
Sviggum is a former Minnesota House speaker from Kenyon. The Senate Republican caucus named him as its executive assistant and communications director.
Sviggum did not immediately return a phone call to his home Tuesday night. But he earlier told Minnesota Public Radio News there was no conflict under the university’s conflict-of-interest policy.MORE NEWS: $20K Reward Offered For Info On 2019 Homicide In Maple Grove Park
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