SPONSOR: Stoll (Abel)

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Higher Education by a vote of 16 to 0.

Current law requires that community college districts provide 50% of the funding for maintenance and repair of facilities and grounds and prohibits the use of this share for salaries or portions of salaries. This bill allows the district's 50% share of funding to be used for those salaries or portions of salaries directly related to approved maintenance and repair projects.

FISCAL NOTE: No impact on state funds.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that some community colleges have had difficulty meeting their 50% match requirement, and this bill helps all community colleges access the state funds available to them.

Testifying for the bill were Senator Stoll; and Jefferson College.

OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Debra Cheshier, Senior Legislative Analyst