It appears this year’s Senate confirmation process will be a smoother ride for Gov. Terry Branstad’s appointments to the state Board of Regents. Milt Dakovich, an engineering graduate from Iowa State University who has served as a regent since last June, met with members of the Senate Education Committee this week. Branstad’s other interim appointment to the board that oversees the state’s three public universities and two special schools, Larry McKibben, is slated to meet with committee members on Wednesday. Committee chairman Sen. Herman Quirmbach, D-Ames, said he is not aware of any problems that have arisen for the two regent appointees as they make their way through the confirmation process which requires a two-thirds majority of the 50-member Senate. That is in sharp contrast to last session, when senators rejected Craig Lang’s reappointment as board president and also turned down Branstad’s selection of construction company executive Robert Cramer.