Lawmakers vote for warnings on college tuition hikes

Public universities may soon be required to inform state legislators before they approve tuition increases under terms of a bill overwhelmingly voted out of committee Tuesday.

“It’s appropriate for us to have this information,” said Sen. Mary Ann Handley of Manchester, co-chairman of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, before the vote.

The proposal comes less than a month after the board of trustees approved a 5.9 percent increase in tuition, room, board and other fees — or $1,180 extra. The four regional campuses of the Connecticut State University system will see a cost increase of 5.6 percent, or $950.

The bill, which received at 14-6 vote by the committee, would not require committee approval of proposed tuition increases, but only that lawmakers be given “reasonable” notice.