Contingent Faculty Bill (HB 12-1144) Passes Colorado House
Last Wednesday morning, February 29, HB 12-1144 passed on its third and final reading in the Colorado House. The vote was 36 to 29. We are grateful for the leadership of several legislators, especially Randy Fisher (D-Fort Collins), Mark Waller (R-Colorado Springs, and assistant majority leader), and Rep. Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland).
The bill is now headed to the Senate. Bob Bacon (D-Fort Collins) is the Senate sponsor. He is also chairman of the Senate Education Committee, to which we hope the bill will be assigned. The process in the Colorado Senate is exactly parallel to the process in the House; i.e., involving the organization of committee testimony like that exemplified by previous blog posts. This will provide another good opportunity to have a public discussion of contingent faculty issues. There is still much work to be done to create real due process, equity, and academic freedom for Colorado’s contingent faculty.