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20 Mar Colorado Kids Are #BornPerfect

 

Friends,

A lot is happening at the Capitol every day, and I want to take a few minutes to share some of the highlights of the past few weeks.

The Senate passed the most sweeping oil and gas regulations our state has seen in over 60 years! My bill, SB181, puts the health and safety of Coloradans first and clarifies that the role of the COGCC is to regulate, not foster, the industry. It empowers local governments to take control over what is happening in their backyards and equips them with the tools they need to stand up for their community’s best interests. The bill is now being heard in the House, so please contact your Representative to voice your support!

The Employee Information Student Loan Repayment Programs bill was signed into law last Friday. I introduced the bill with Senator Tammy Story as part of my effort to address the large amount of student loan debt in Colorado. The bill will increase the access that state employees have to information about federal loan repayment and loan forgiveness programs.
The Digital Token Act, a bill that clarifies regulations surrounding cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies, has been signed into law. I’m excited about this step towards promoting innovation and growth within the cryptocurrency and blockchain community in Colorado.

On Monday, my bill to Prohibit Conversion Therapy for a Minor passed out of committee in the Senate for the first time in Colorado history. Being gay is not an illness and it does not need to be fixed. Colorado kids are #bornperfect. I’m proud to sponsor this legislation for the third time, and am confident this will be the year we finally stop licensed counselors in Colorado from using such harmful tactics on our kids.

Other Notable Bills That Are Rollin’ Right Along

Regulate Student Education Loan Servicers (SB19-002)– Passed out of the Senate Appropriations committee, and heads to the Senate floor later this week.

Medical Marijuana Condition Autism (HB19-1028)Passed Senate Second Reading

Youth Mental Health Education and Suicide Prevention (HB19-1120)Referred to House Appropriations committee

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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04 Apr Week 10

Budget Week comes to a close, for the Senate at least

 
The Senate debated over dozens of amendments on the budget bill until about midnight on Wednesday. While so much hard work has gone into this budget, we should never have to make the decisions that we’ve made over the past few days. We’re cutting funding for rural hospitals. We’re once again not adequately funding public schools. We’re not sufficiently investing in wildfire prevention. Or higher education. Or oil and gas inspections. Or the arts. Or our infrastructure.

Although we voted to approve the budget, I’m hopeful that over the next few weeks we will all resist the urge to go back to our partisan corners and instead work together to solve the state’s budget crisis by fixing the hospital provider fee, and putting our state on a more sustainable and moral path.

 

My Amendments to the Budget Bill

 
I introduced a number of amendments that focused on the needs of our district as well as the interests of our state. These included funding for wildfire response, pine beetle mitigation, science research that is threatened by the Trump administration for institutions like NREL, contraception funding, increased affordable housing, and more aggressive air quality monitoring for oil & gas operations near schools and neighborhoods. Unfortunately, most of these amendments were voted down on a party-line vote.

 

My first Bill signing!

 
Yesterday, the Governor signed my first bill into law as a state senator! As a sponsor to HB1076 (along with Sen. Don Coram and Rep. Jeni Arndt), Colorado now has better options for conserving and managing our vital water resources throughout our state. Next up, I’ll be joined by Representative Nordberg for the Governor’s signing of our olympic athletes’ higher education bill into law!
 

 

Aerospace day at the Capitol

Last week, I was joined by students from the University of Colorado’s Aerospace program. Did you know that CU receives the most funding from NASA out of any public state university?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Boulder High’s Boy’s Soccer

Congrats to Boulder High School’s Boys’ Soccer team for claiming the 5A state championship this season! Great to meet the team and Head Coach, Hardy Kalisher.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thanks again for your support this week and for tuning into the riveting 10 hour budget debate. Reminder that my next town hall will be Sunday, April 9th at 1:30pm at the Wildflower Pavilion in Lyons. I’ll be joined by Congressman Jared Polis and Representative Jonathan Singer. Hope to see you there!

Onward,

Steve Fenberg

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