Senator Steve Fenberg | Putting a price on carbon
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Putting a price on carbon

01 May Putting a price on carbon

 

Putting a Price on Carbon

The Public Utilities Commission isn’t something many of us pay close attention to. And I get it; the regulation of public utilities isn’t most people’s idea of a good time. But some of the changes we’re making this year are really crucial in our efforts to address climate change. My bill, SB236, reforms the Public Utilities Commission in the following ways:
  • Establishes a “cost of carbon” to better evaluate the real cost of where we get our current and future energy to power our state
  • Requires utilities to build out the electricity system to allow for and better take advantage of distributed renewable energy such as solar and storage


Last week, the Senate passed a $30.5 billion state budget package, which includes $300 million new money for transportation. That’s $300 million for things like mass transit projects, maintenance, and reducing traffic congestion across the state.


The legislature passed my bill to help establish the Office of Saving People Money on Healthcare. The Lt. Governor, a cancer survivor and policymaker with extensive experience in healthcare policy, will lead the office. Her job will literally be to examine how to save you money on healthcare.

 

Restoring Voting Rights for Felons

I’m incredibly proud that my bill, HB1266, to restore voting rights for parolees and those who are done being incarcerated for a felony passed out of committee. This bill will be on the Senate floor this week and is an important step towards making our democratic process more inclusive and fair.

Believe it or not, there are only 10 days left in session this year, but we still have a lot of work to do. Stay tuned for updates on the progress we make in the final days.

Onward,