Senator Steve Fenberg | First Week of 2020 Session
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First Week of 2020 Session

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,