(March 17) – A bill by Rep. Diane Mitsch-Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, and Rep. Jim Wilson, R- Salida, that makes several changes in statute to provide more flexibility and efficiency in operations for Colorado’s two Local District Colleges—Aims and Colorado Mountain College (CMC)—passed unanimously out of the House today.

“By adding these provisions to statute, our local district colleges will be able to serve our communities even better and continue to be public allies accountable to tax payers,” said Rep. Mitsch Bush.

HB16-1259 removes outdated provisions of statute to reflect the current mission of both schools. Both colleges are now allowed to offer baccalaureate degrees in addition to their two year and certificate offerings. Additionally, the bill clarifies that any increases in the number of board members must be tied to district expansion.

Under the bill, CMC will be able to take a vote electronically under certain limited circumstances, while preserving sunshine and open meetings laws. The CMC service area is over 12,000 square miles and encompasses major mountain passes. This provision allows the board to operate more efficiently, while requiring full notice and the ability of any board member or taxpayer to require the board to wait until a regularly scheduled meeting.

The bill proceeds to the Senate.

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