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Legislation that would limit the power of public university trustees -- inspired by perceived micromanaging by the University of Texas System board -- passed the Texas House of Representatives Monday, The Texas Tribune reported. Among other things, the bill would block regents of the state's public university systems from dismissing a campus president without a recommendation from the chancellor of that system, and require -- rather than recommend, as is now the case in state law -- that regents protect the independence of the universities they govern. The sponsors of the legislation, which requires another approval in the House before heading back to the state Senate, said they were motivated by recent steps by UT regents to undermine Bill Powers, president of the system's flagship campus in Austin.