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Regents meet to discuss lawmaker record requests

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The University of Texas board of regents has agreed to release emails and other documents requested by the Legislature.

In a unanimous voice vote on Thursday, the regents agreed to turn over the records "as soon as reasonably possible." But they included one condition: The lawmakers must sign confidentiality agreements.

The action marks the latest turn in an increasingly bitter dispute over the work of UT President Bill Powers.

Several regents appointed have grown increasingly critical of Powers.

Prominent lawmakers have risen to his defense. They have made large records requests from the regents.

Board Chairman Gene Powell asked the state attorney general for an opinion on confidentiality of the documents.

The regents spent nearly two hours in a closed session before convening in public for a quick vote.

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