Senator Steve Fenberg | Week 1
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Week 1

24 Jan Week 1

January 24th, 2017

 

Well, we made it through the first few weeks of session. It’s been a wild ride already; from attending committee meetings to introducing three bills on voting, energy, and affordable housing (more on these below). I’ve heard from many of you so far, and I hope to continue to receive emails, phone calls, and letters with your feedback on the issues that you care about. More than ever, it’s important that we come together and continue to fight for our values and make our voices heard.

Improving our democracy

As you know, I care a bit about election access and making sure our democracy is fair and accessible for all Coloradans. Every election, there are reports of hours-long lines for people to vote–sometimes people are even still in line to vote after the election has been called. My first bill requires the measuring of wait times for voters at polling sites, which allows us to better understand where we can improve the voting process. If we already do this simple task at the deli counter and at Elitches, we should do it for the democratic process. If any of you have stories you’d like to share about waiting in long lines to vote, send me a note or join me in committee at the Capitol and offer your testimony on Wednesday, January 25th at 1:30pm.

Advancing energy storage for Coloradans

This week, I introduced a bipartisan bill to protect consumers and advance clean energy by affirming the rights of consumers to install energy storage systems on their property. Batteries have advanced a great deal in recent years, but Colorado consumers aren’t able to take advantage of these products because utilities are intentionally making it difficult and cost-prohibitive by placing unnecessary fees and charges on these customers. This bill protects consumer storage rights, enhances the reliability of the electric grid, saves money, and reduces the need for additional generation facilities, like coal power plants.

Creating more affordable rentals

As a major concern for both our community and the state of Colorado, affordable housing in the rental market is an issue I hope to make an impact on this year. This week, I introduced a bill that ensures local communities are able to implement inclusionary housing policies in a manner that incentivizes more on-site affordable rental units.

My first town hall!

I truly believe that our democracy works best when more people show up, and I invite you all to join me at my first Town Hall on Thursday, February 2nd. We’ll gather at Rayback Collective at 6:00pm to celebrate the start of the 2017 legislative session and discuss our priorities for the year. For more information on the event and to stay up-to-date, follow me on Facebook.

 

Onward,
Steve Fenberg
Senate District 18