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17 Jan First Week of 2020 Session

9 days down. 111 to go!

Time is already flying here at the Capitol with over 100 bills introduced in the State Senate. Over the next few weeks these bills will be headed to committees to get vetted. Be sure to keep an eye out for my weekly newsletter and social media to stay updated. We’ll also be announcing town halls shortly.

Here’s a brief look at the bills I introduced during our first week of session:

 

My First Four Bills

Eliminating Student Debt
My first bill, Senate Bill 4, would provide up to two years of loan payments for graduates of Colorado public universities who are enrolled in an income-based repayment plan. Titled “Get on Your Feet,” this legislation seeks to ease the burden of student loans that many Coloradans face as they’re entering the workforce and beginning their careers.

Read the Bill


Requiring Biodiesel in CO

Senate Bill 38 creates a statewide requirement for all diesel sold in Colorado to be blended with biodiesel. This will reduce the carbon and particulate output of diesel vehicles, which will help reduce ozone in the metro-area and improve air quality. This is just the first of several bills this session related to improving air quality.

Read the Bill


Reducing Wildfire Risks

My next bill, Senate Bill 18, creates a grant program for local governments and organizations doing outreach to homeless communities who are living on or near public lands. The outreach to this hard-to-reach community will include information about accessing basic homeless services, but also about reducing the potential for creating dangerous wildfires.

Read the Bill


Reforming Forced Arbitration

Senate Bill 93 aims to provide basic fairness and transparency in the use of forced arbitration. These arbitration requirements are ubiquitous in employment contracts and in many user agreements for basic things like software downloads, ticket purchases, real estate, etc. This legislation doesn’t outlaw arbitration, but simply gives Coloradans the same basic assurances of ethics and transparency that they would expect in a court.

Read the Bill
 

As always, please feel free to reach out with any comments, questions or ideas you may have. You can always call me at 303-866-4872 or email at steve@stevefenberg.org.

Onward,

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08 Jan Opening Week 2020

 

As the last decade rounded the corner, I knew my life was going to forever change. I was about to meet one of the most important people in my entire life. After months of waiting, my wife and I welcomed our baby girl, Isadora Yael Fenberg, into the world at 1:40pm on December 30th.

As I embark on another legislative session, which begins today, it’s clear to me that my world has changed a bit. I’ve changed. Now I’m a father.

 Now it’s personal. 

I’m more motivated than ever to fight for Colorado’s–and Isa’s–future. And, although this might be the sleep deprivation talking, I’m increasingly optimistic (and impatient!) when it comes to creating that future.

For example, I want Isa and other kids in Colorado to be able to play outside all summer long, not just on days when there isn’t a high ozone alert. That’s why I’ll be introducing legislation and fighting to aggressively clean up Colorado’s air quality. This includes funding for increased inspections of emitters, better engagement with the scientific community in policymaking, deeper and more continuous air monitoring for methane and cancer-causing emissions, and cleaning up dirty diesel emissions that cause ozone.

It also means giving local communities more control over the chemicals that are released into our air, land, and water. Currently, it’s illegal for a local government to have any oversight over where and when dangerous chemicals from pesticides are used. This session, I hope to change that. We all breathe the same air, drink the same water, and recreate in the same streams, so we should be more responsible about how each of our actions impact the health and safety of the larger community.

And, of course, there is still much work to be done on the existential threat of climate change. There will be several pieces of legislation this year to continue to take action on climate, but one that I’m very excited about is a bill that will provide incentives for homeowners, builders, and commercial property owners to phase out their use of natural gas for home heating. The technology for heat pumps and on-demand water heaters are here and we need to rapidly deploy them to replace outdated technologies that rely on fossil fuels for our daily living.

Of course, these are just a few issues. Over the coming days and weeks, I’ll be sharing more about the Senate Dems’ bold agenda. There are so many important issues that I and the Democratic caucus will be working on over the next 120 days–bringing down the cost of health care, providing student debt relief, and addressing our growing mental health crisis, just to name a few.

Time to get to work. Who needs to sleep??

 

Onward,

 

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