Senator Steve Fenberg | Combatting Police Brutality
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Combatting Police Brutality

10 Jun Combatting Police Brutality

 

This is what democracy looks like.

“This isn’t only about what’s going on in other states. This is about what’s happening in our own backyards.” -Senate President Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo)

The death of George Floyd ignited conversations that are long overdue in our society. We’ve seen thousands of people take to the streets to demand change and to affirm once again that Black Lives Matter. In response, the Colorado Senate seized the urgency of the moment and passed a powerful piece of legislation, Senate Bill 217. This bill, which passed with broad bipartisan support, will dramatically reform aspects of law enforcement that have for too long allowed the perpetuation of systemic racism.

Systemic racism has no place in our society, and certainly should have no place in law enforcement. Senate Bill 217 aims to improve Coloradan’s confidence in the integrity of our law enforcement. It requires increased transparency and formalized actions for those found improperly using force.

Here’s what the bill does:

 

 

Some Big Bill Updates

 

 

“Clean Up Colorado’s Air Act” (SB 204)
I’ve been working on this bill all year, and I’m excited to have gotten it out of the Senate and into the House. If signed into law, it will ensure polluters pay their fair share and also will create an office dedicated to funding state-of-the-art air monitoring and collecting unbiased scientific research to help us better address our air pollution problem. In partnership with our universities and federal laboratories, this bill will help ensure the Department of Health & Environment has the resources to clean up Colorado’s air.
“Paid Sick Leave” (SB 205)
Huge victory! This piece of legislation passed the Senate this week, and I couldn’t be more proud to get it done. Coloradans deserve to be able to earn a few days off from work if they’re sick. This not only protects them, but also protects the health of their coworkers and the general public. If there’s anything we’ve learned over these past few months, it’s that people should stay home when they’re sick. Under this bill, all workers in Colorado will be able to earn up to 6 days of paid sick leave each year.
“Requiring Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Public Schools” (HB 1336)
With a vote of 35-0, HB 1336 has passed the Senate and is heading to the Governor’s desk to be signed. Once signed into law, high schools will be required to teach the history of genocide, helping their students to recognize the early warning signs of hate in order to take action and prevent future tragedies. This is the first step of many to ensure future generations understand the importance of tolerance and diversity.

COVID Recovery Package

 

 

We’re working on passing a slew of bills that are specifically tailored for helping Colorado families, small businesses, and our state get back on their feet. Here’s what is in the works:

  • Formalizing prohibitions against price gouging during a health emergency
  • Creating whistleblower protections for workers who speak up about health and safety concerns
  • Providing $20 million of grants to small businesses impacted by COVID-19
  • Dedicating $30 million to support families with housing, utility costs, and food assistance between now and the end of 2020
  • Increasing access to unemployment insurance during this health emergency
  • Requiring insurance companies to cover telehealth services
  • Protecting families who are facing aggressive debt collection actions during this time of financial uncertainty
I will continue to update my Facebook and Twitter with key information during the remaining few days of this session. 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,