Senator Steve Fenberg | Opening Day 2019
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Opening Day 2019

10 Jan Opening Day 2019

Today was Opening Day of the 2019 Legislative Session, and I have to say it was pretty inspiring to see my new colleagues sworn into office. Democrats officially took control of the State Senate, and we’re ready for business. As the new Senate Majority Leader, I’ll be working with all of my colleagues to execute our priorities and ensure all voices and perspectives are included in the conversation. I’ve heard from many of you about what you would like to see the legislature focus on, and I want to share with you an overview of some of our overarching goals.

As you know, majorities matter. And with the newly seated 19-member Democratic majority, I look forward to fighting every day for a more fair, just, and progressive Colorado over the next 120 days. Although it would be impossible to sum up our agenda in just one email, below are a few overarching priorities we’ll have this year.

Protect the CO We Know and Love

Senate Democrats will be introducing several bills aimed at protecting the heath and safety of Coloradans and our communities. This means raising the state standards for oil & gas regulation, but also allowing more local control over where, how, and when fossil fuel extraction takes place. Additionally, we’ll be introducing legislation to increase renewable energy, advance cleaner transportation, and significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Build Economic Fairness for Families

We will be introducing bills to help families with the increasing cost of living in Colorado. This means policy priorities such as creating opportunities for paid family leave, increasing attainable housing options, and bringing down the high cost of health care and prescription drugs.

Invest in Colorado’s Future
For far too long, our state has underinvested in its future. We’ll be looking at providing universal early child education, increasing funding for k-12, and addressing the crippling cost of higher education and student debt. We’ll also be focused on creating a more modern and effective 21st century transportation systems across the state.
Today marks only the beginning of a long list of issues we’ll be tackling for Colorado this year. Whether it’s preventing gun violence, increasing resources for the opioid epidemic, establishing a more accessible election system, or creating a more fair criminal justice system, we’re going to need your help to make lasting change.

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,