Tuesday was probably the biggest day yet in terms of the effort for Carlsbad’s college to go independent. HB212, which was introduced by Representative Cathrynn Brown, received a 36-0 vote on the Senate floor. The bill will now go to the Governor for final consideration.
On Tuesday, Senators didn’t just speak in favor of the bill; they also heaped praise on Carlsbad. It was wonderful hearing so many legislators from across the state speak positively about this community.
For example, Senator Crystal Diamond said, “It’s hard to deny the ambition, organization and leadership that has been exhibited by Carlsbad.” Senator Jacob Candelaria, in showing his support, stated “The reason I support this bill is I think it is a model of how we move forward. Because the community of Carlsbad has shown the leadership it has, I’m proud to support the bill.”
Thanks again to the many individuals who have been fighting for this bill over the past few months, especially Representative Cathrynn Brown and Senator Gay Kernan, and also Representative Jim Townsend, Senator David Gallegos, Senator Ron Griggs and Senator George Munoz, among others.
Locally, Chairman Craig Stephens and Vice Chair John Heaton have led the efforts in getting this bill, but there have been many, many other efforts. Special thanks to Sendero Midstream and the Chamber of Commerce for their assistance with outreach. We have had members of the community speak in favor of this bill ranging in age from 16 to 80, and so many voices made a difference.