Senator Steve Fenberg | 2020 Session Back In
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2020 Session Back In

28 May 2020 Session Back In

 

The Colorado Legislature is back!

I was joined by my fellow colleagues as we entered the Capitol for the first time since March. Looking forward to the next three weeks while we’re in session, I’m focused on the health and safety of all families and individuals in Colorado, while ensuring that residents are able to return to work responsibly. While we’re back, we’ll be passing legislation that protects vulnerable communities and helps Colorado get back on its feet. From paid sick leave to expanded telehealth access, we’re prioritizing legislation that eases the burdens this crisis has had on so many working families across Colorado. In the coming weeks, we will be prioritizing a number of bills; for now, I wanted to highlight two vital bills that I’m working on right now:

Senate Bill 204  Clean Up Colorado’s Air Act

This bill aims to improve Colorado’s air quality through the implementation of a sophisticated air monitoring network, better cooperation with the science community, and increased resources for enforcement and responding to public health concerns related to air toxins. Coloradans are breathing in polluted air, and we need access to the best research and science to be able to take aggressive action. This bill will enhance the State’s ability to collaborate with the experts and to better address Colorado’s poor air quality and the public health issues associated with it.

Senate Bill 205  Sick Leave for Employees

This bill requires all employers to provide 80 hours of paid sick leave related to COVID-19 through the end of this calendar year. Starting January 2021, all employees will be able to accrue paid sick leave up to 48 hours that can be used in a calendar year. The paid sick leave can be used for the following reasons: mental or physical illness; caring for a family member with a mental or physical illness; if employee or family member has been the victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment; or if there are closures due to a public health emergency which would necessitate the employee’s absence from work. This bill also prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee who uses their paid sick leave.

 

 

Boulder County Updates

(NEW) Masks are required until the end of June. Residents and visitors, over 12 years old, are required to wear a face covering whenever in public in Boulder County, where social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained. This Order is in effect through Tuesday, June 30.

(NEW) COVID-19 testing site available for BoCo. The CDPHE has encouraged anyone with COVID-19 symptoms to get tested. There are currently more than 35 testing sites open to the public in Colorado, and there is a new Boulder County COVID-19 Community Testing Site Map now available.

(NEW) The City of Boulder will be hosting a Virtual Mental Health Chat on Thursday, May 28, at 7:30pm, to discuss mental health and wellness at home for parents and caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The session will be bilingual and community members are able to participate on English or Spanish. The registration link can be found here.

(NEW) Updates to Restaurants and Food Services was provided by CDPHE, as Governor Polis has now allowed for the re-opening of indoor dine-in services. Although they will not be allowed to open at full-capacity, many restaurants will open at 50% of the posted occupancy code (with a maximum of 50 patrons). These guidelines can be found here, or on CDPHE’s official website.

(NEW) Residential overnight camps are prohibited in June; on the other hand, decisions for July and August overnight camps will be made in mid-June. Children’s residential camps that choose to operate as day camps will be working with the Colorado Department of Human Services, and their local public health agency for approval. Guidance for Children’s Day Camps and Youth Sports Camps have been provided by CDPHE.

Residential and commercial evictions are prohibited until May 30, 2020, for Coloradans that have experienced economic hardship due to COVID-19. Executive Order D 2020 051, which authorized the decision, additionally prohibits late fees or penalties from being applied to your rent for nonpayment due to hardships relating to COVID-19. These can be extended by an additional Executive Order.  Frequently Asked Questions for Tenants and Landlords has also been provided by the Colorado Division of Housing.

Rent assistance is available for those in need in Boulder County. Residents who are struggling to pay rent can call the Housing Helpline at (303) 441-1206 and leave a detailed message. You can also visit boco.org/COVID-19Housing for info.

 

 

Stay Informed 
For general questions, call (303) 389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. For written answers in English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more, email COHELP@RMPDC.org.

Para información sobre COVID19 en Español haga clic aquí (Proporcionado por Denver Health).

 

 

As always, I will continue to update my Facebook and Twitter with key information, and let you know of any important developments.

If there is anything my office can do to help for now, please feel free to reach out. We will do everything we can to get you answers to questions or point you in the right direction.

Stay safe,