Priola Bill to Support University Athletics Gets First Down

Denver—In it's first victory for Colorado university athletics, Senator Kevin Priola's (R-Brighton) Senate Bill 17-041 was voted unanimously out of the Senate Committee on Education on Thursday.

Current law restricts Colorado institutes of higher education to six, multi-year contracted employees, with a limit of five years per contract.

SB 41 exempts any auxiliary enterprise like athletic departments, or any other self-supporting entity from current restrictions on contracted, multi-year employees.

This measure does not increase state expenditures.

"Allowing self-supporting university programs to function like small businesses is a commonsense clean-up with absolutely no burden to Colorado taxpayers," said Priola. "As a proud graduate of the Colorado university system, I am thrilled that we can take this step in strengthening our state's athletic programs and ensuring we are recruiting and retaining the best talent in Colorado."

Senate Bill 41 now moves on to a vote of the committee of the whole.

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