May 15, 2011 1:33 PM by Nichole Larkey & AP

SUNO/UNO merger bill up for House debate Monday

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - White Democrats are expected to decide the fate of a proposal up for a vote in the House to merge historically black Southern University at New Orleans with the
largely white University of New Orleans.
Republicans back the consolidation proposal pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal and sponsored by House Speaker Jim Tucker, both members of the GOP, while black Democratic lawmakers oppose it.
Passage of the bill requires a two-thirds vote. Tucker will need all 55 Republicans to vote in a bloc - and will have to pick up 15 other members from among Democrats and independents when the vote
comes up Monday.
Members of the Legislature's black caucus say they are working to keep their fellow Democrats with them.


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