AZ Senate to query Martinez – By: Matt Andazola

David Martinez III will be in Phoenix today to convince state lawmakers that he is qualified to be the non-voting student regent on the Arizona Board of Regents, although he was scheduled to be confirmed Wednesday.

The Arizona Senate committee on higher education postponed Martinez’s confirmation hearings because of his involvement on a policy committee at the UA, said Sen. Paula Aboud, D-Tucson, who sits on the legislative committee.

Martinez said he has spoken with a non-partisan researcher for the Senate about his work on a committee for transgender rights at the UA.

The campus committee was started under former president Peter Likins by Jeanne Kleespie, head of the UA Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office, and seeks to expand protections and rights for transgender individuals on campus.