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Authors: Madeline Novey

Student government leaders are preparing to testify in the Senate on behalf of a bill that would allow a student vote on the CSU System Board of Governors after it passed its third reading, 37-28, in the House Wednesday morning.

Though thrilled that House Bill 1206 has made it farther than ever before –– CSU-Fort Collins and CSU-Pueblo student government’s tried and failed to pass the same bill last year –– leaders from both universities know passing the bill through the Senate is a challenge.

“We’re still fighting an uphill battle, but we’re closer than we’ve ever been,” said Steve Titus, CSU-Pueblo’s Associated Students’ Government president.

It’s not decided yet when students will testify in the Senate, Worthington said. But before then, HB 1206 must past first reading in committee.

“I’m optimistic that Sen. (Bob) Bacon will do a good job of getting it to the Senate,” said State Rep. Randy Fischer, D-Fort Collins.

Having testified in the House, Worthington said the challenge will be making new arguments against new people.

“We’re doing everything again,” he said.

And this time, students expect more opposition from the senators.

“I think any time you change anything like this … people are wary of change, especially in higher ed,” Worthington said.

A leading argument against the bill from legislators Wednesday was that students don’t have the long, lifetime experience with issues surrounding higher education, Worthington said.

But with higher education on the chopping block and tuition on the rise, Fischer said earlier this week that students deserve the “right to a real vote” as they take more responsibility in the issues affecting them. Fischer is one of the bill’s legislative sponsors.

“I think that’s been one of the positive things about running this bill … (legislators) are realizing that students are imminently qualified” and mature, Fischer said.

Titus lauded the bill’s movement through the House as the result of collaboration between students from CSU-Fort Collins and Pueblo.

“This is really a prime example of what collaboration between both universities can create,” he said.

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

About House bill 1206
-Gives the two student appointed by the governor from CSU-Fort Collins and CSU-Pueblo voting rights on the CSU System Board of Governors
-Passed a third reading 37-28 in the House Wednesday morning
-Headed to first reading in committee before moving to a vote in the Senate
-State Rep. Randy Fischer is sponsoring the bill

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