AUSTIN -- Texas lawmakers continued Wednesday to question the actions of University of Texas System regents and their pressure on flagship campus President Bill Powers as the Senate considers a bill that would roll back some of the regents' voting authority.Powers, president of the University of Texas at Austin, is believed to be fighting for his job with regents appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in an academic showdown that has grabbed the attention of the Legislature.Powers has drawn public support from the state House and Senate, and the Senate Committee on Higher Education held an initial hearing on a bill that bars regents from voting on personnel and budget matters until they have received training on those issues and been confirmed by the Senate.Such a move would step on the governor's ability to make so-called "recess" appointments when the Senate is not in session. Texas lawmakers meet for only 140 days every other year."This bill is not about empowerment," said committee Chairman Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, author of the bill, which was left pending without a vote until next week. "It's about propriety."Powers has clashed with the regents over tuition, the roles of research and teaching at universities, and other issues.He is believed to have held only a slim majority of support among the nine members, all Perry appointees.Regent Wallace Hall recently ordered the university to give him copies of all the results of open records requests made to UT-Austin over the past two years. Hall and Regent Brenda Pejovich pushed for a fourth review of a now-defunct law school loan program that was started when Powers was dean. That program came under scrutiny when Powers' successor received a $500,000 forgivable loan. An investigation by the system recommended abolishing the program but cleared Powers of wrongdoing.Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst also has defended Powers and has denounced what he called "character assassination" of Powers and his family.Seliger and other Senate and House lawmakers have publicly questioned whether the regents are micromanaging Powers and the Austin campus in an effort to build a case to fire him.Firing Powers, would be a "terrible mistake," said state Sen. Judith Zaffarini, D-Laredo.Powers attended Wednesday's hearing but did not testify.