Mar 022010
 
Authors: Madeline Novey

Student government leaders said they are excited and apprehensive after the bill allowing students voting rights on the CSU System Board of Governors is up for a third reading today after it passed in the House Committee of the Whole Tuesday.

With House Bill 1206 one step closer to reaching the Senate, Tuesday proved to be “another great day for CSU students,” said Matt Worthington, the Associated Students of CSU’s Director of Legislative Affairs.

“We are excited to move forward,” Worthington said. “We have an opportunity here to make a great change for our university.”

With higher education funding on the chopping block and with tuition on the rise, ASCSU leaders and state legislators said BOG voting rights would give students a much-needed voice.

ASCSU attempted to pass a similar bill last year that failed in legislative committee. If passed, HB 1206 would give BOG voting rights to the student government presidents from CSU-Fort Collins and CSU-Pueblo.

After submitting the bill to the legislature and garnering support from House members since May, ASCSU Vice President Tim Hole said it was a “hand-off” experience to watch the House Committee of the Whole debate HB 1206 Tuesday over a video feed on the Colorado General Assembly Web site.

“As the votes were being counted, we were all yelling in our offices,” Hole said, pumping his fists.

There is a possibility the House could postpone the third reading if its agenda is full. If the bill passes third reading, members of ASCSU will testify in the Senate.

News Managing Editor Madeline Novey can be reached at news@collegian.com.

*House Bill 1206 *
-Allows student voting rights on the CSU System Board of Governors
-Passed a second reading in the House Committee of the Whole Tuesday
-Up for a third House reading today
-If passed on third reading, it will proceed to the Senate

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