Lawmakers get higher ed update from Lt. Gov.

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Colorado’s lieutenant governor and likely higher education commissioner is due before state lawmakers Wednesday for an update on the system.

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia was scheduled for a morning briefing before the House and Senate education committees.

Garcia was president of Colorado State-Pueblo before becoming lieutenant governor. Garcia was also tapped by the governor to become the head of the state Department of Higher Education, though his confirmation is pending as lawmakers pass a bill clarifying that the dual role is permitted.

Colorado has 28 public institutions of higher education.