Senator Steve Fenberg | My Legislation and Bills
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My Legislation and Bills

“If we don’t fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don’t really stand for them.”
― Paul Wellstone


I’m proud to represent State Senate District 18 not because I want to be somebody, but because I want to improve people’s lives and the world we live in. You can always count on me to remain a strong, progressive voice at the Capitol and to stand up for what we believe in. Throughout my tenure in the Senate, I’ve championed legislation  on the issues that matter most to us, including renewable energy, oil and gas regulation, LGBTQ+ rights, election access, and higher education affordability.

My Bills for the 2021 Session

Colorado American Indian Tribes In-state Tuition

Senate Bill 21-029

Concerning In-State Tuition Classification For Members of American Indian Tribes With Historical Ties to Colorado.

Firefighting Aircraft Wildfire Management And Response

Senate Bill 21-113

Concerning state funding of firefighting aircraft to respond to wildfires.

Ranked Choice Voting in Nonpartisan Elections

House Bill 21-1071

Concerning the use of ranked choice voting in nonpartisan elections.

Sunset Office of Consumer Counsel

Senate Bill 21-103

Concerning the continuation of the office of consumer counsel, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations contained in the 2020 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies regarding the office of consumer counsel and the utility consumers’ board.

Colorado Fire Commission Recommendations

Senate Bill 21-166

Concerning the implementation of recommendations from the Colorado fire commission.

Total Program Mill Levy Tax Credit

House Bill 21-1164

Concerning reductions in the property tax credits that apply to school districts’ total program mill levies for purposes of funding the “Public School Finance Act of 1994”.

Electric Utility Promote Beneficial Electrification

Senate Bill 21-264

Concerning measures to encourage beneficial electrification, and, in connection therewith, directing the public utilities commission and Colorado utilities to promote compliance with current environmental and labor standards.

Funding Health Benefits For Legislative Aides

Senate Bill 21-244

Concerning funding for permanent part-time legislative aides for members of the general assembly to allow aides to be eligible to enroll in state health benefit plans pursuant to a policy adopted by the executive committee of the general assembly.

Adjust Redistricting Commission Procedures

Senate Bill 21-247

Concerning the procedures of the independent redistricting commissions.

Local Regulation of Firearms

Senate Bill 21-256

Concerning permitting regulation of firearms by local governing bodies.

Keep Colorado Wild Annual Pass

Senate Bill 21-249

Concerning the creation of an optional discounted parks and public lands access pass that is purchased at the time a motor vehicle is registered, and, in connection therewith, using the pass fees to finance a number of goals of the division of parks and wildlife related to increased conservation of, safety at, and access to state parks and public lands.

Elections and Voting

Senate Bill 21-250

Concerning modifications to certain statutes governing the conduct of elections.

Community Revitalization Grant Program

Senate Bill 21-252

Concerning the establishment of a state grant program to promote projects in commercial centers throughout the state that will revitalize community spaces and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Sustainability Of The Transportation System

Senate Bill 21-260

Concerning the sustainability of the transportation system in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, creating new sources of dedicated funding and new state enterprises to preserve, improve, and expand existing transportation infrastructure, develop the modernized infrastructure needed to support the widespread adoption of electric motor vehicles, and mitigate environmental and health impacts of transportation system use; and expanding authority for regional transportation improvements.

PUC Encourage Renewable Energy Generation

Senate Bill 21-261

Concerning measures to increase the deployment of renewable energy generation facilities to meet Colorado’s energy needs, and, in connection therewith, raising the allowable capacity of customer-sited renewable energy generation facilities and giving customers additional options for increasing the scale and flexibility of new installations.

Early Childhood System

House Bill 21-1304

Concerning measures to establish a unified early childhood system in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, creating the department of early childhood.

Additional Funding for Just Transition

House Bill 21-1290

Concerning funding to provide just transition for coal transition workers and coal transition communities, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Previous Legislation

Get On Your Feet

Senate Bill 20-004

Concerning creating a student loan repayment assistance program for postsecondary education.

Homeless Outreach Programs To Reduce Wildfire Risk

Senate Bill 20-018

Concerning programs to reduce wildfire risk through outreach to people experiencing homelessness, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation..

Statewide Biodiesel Blend Requirement Diesel Fuel Sales

Senate Bill 20-038

Concerning the establishment of a statewide standard for the sale of biodiesel-blended diesel fuel in Colorado.

Consumer and Employee Dispute Resolution Fairness

Senate Bill 20-093

Concerning protections related to mandatory agreement provisions, and, in connection therewith, enacting the “Consumer and Employee Dispute Resolution Fairness Act.”

Colorado Redistricting Commissions

Senate Bill 20-186

Concerning the independent redistricting commissions in Colorado.

Local Government Pesticide No Preemption

Senate Bill 20-189

Concerning provisions that preempt a local government’s authority to regulate the use of pesticides within the local government’s jurisdiction.

Brew Pub Retail Sales Malt Liquor Sealed Container

Senate Bill 20-194

Concerning the ability of a licensed brew pub to sell at retail malt liquors that are manufactured at a separate brew pub under the same ownership as the brew pub at which the sale occurs.

Aligning State And Federal Law on Hemp

Senate Bill 20-197

Concerning aligning state statutes with federal law on hemp.

Modify Wildfire Risk Mitigation Grant Program

House Bill 20-1057

Concerning modifications to the “Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation Act.”

County Reimbursement For Local Elections Supplies (Signed into Law)

House Bill 20-1132

Concerning county reimbursements for election supplies from the local elections assistance cash fund.

Insurance Cover Infertility Diagnosis Treatment Preserve

House Bill 20-1158

Concerning insurance coverage for infertility, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Mobile Home Park Act Updates

House Bill 20-1196

Concerning updates to the laws governing mobile home parks.

Cooperative Electric Utilities Reasonable Rates Energy Storage

House Bill 20-1225

Concerning clarification of the requirement of reasonableness in charges imposed by one cooperative electric association upon another.

Cooperative Electric Utilities Reasonable Rates Energy Storage

House Bill 20-1225

Concerning clarification of the requirement of reasonableness in charges imposed by one cooperative electric association upon another.

Failure-to-cooperate Defense First-party Insurance

House Bill 20-1290

Concerning the ability of an insurer to use a failure-to-cooperate defense in an action in which the insured has made a claim under insurance coverage for an incident.

Holocaust And Genocide Studies In Public Schools

House Bill 20-1336

Concerning requiring the satisfactory completion of a course that includes Holocaust and genocide studies as a condition of high school graduation in public schools.

Fiscal Year 2020-21 Legislative Appropriation Bill

House Bill 20-1345

Concerning payment of expenses of the legislative department.

Regulate Student Loan Servicers (Signed into Law)

Senate Bill 19-002

Concerning the regulation of student education loan servicers.

Cryptocurrency Exemption Colorado Digital Token Act (Signed into Law)

Senate Bill 19-023

Concerning exemptions from the securities laws for cryptocurrencies, and, in connection therewith, enacting the “Colorado Digital Token Act”.

Employee Information Student Loan Repayment Programs (Signed into Law)

Senate Bill 19-057

Concerning information relating to employee eligibility for student loan repayment and forgiveness programs.

Adjust Damages Limitations for Inflation (Signed into Law)

Senate Bill 19-109 

The limitations on the amount of damages for unlawfully serving alcohol, for noneconomic loss or injury, and for wrongful death were last adjusted for inflation on January 1, 2008. The bill adjusts those damage limitations for inflation on January 1, 2020, and each January 1 every 2 years thereafter.

Protect Public Welfare Oil and Gas Operations (Signed into Law)

Senate Bill 19-181

Concerning additional public welfare protections regarding the conduct of oil and gas operations.

Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Legislative Appropriations Bill (Signed into Law)

Senate Bill 19-203

Concerning payment of expenses of the legislative department.

Hemp Regulation Alignment with 2018 Federal Farm Bill (Signed into Law)

Senate Bill 19-220

Concerning updates to the industrial hemp regulatory program administered by the commissioner of agriculture to align the program with the regulatory requirements set forth in the federal “Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018”.

Sunset Regulated Marjiuana (Signed into Law)

Senate Bill 19-224

Concerning the continuation of the regulated marijuana programs, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations contained in the 2018 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.

Sunset Public Utilities Commission (Signed into Law)

Senate Bill 19-236

Concerning the continuation of the public utilities commission, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations contained in the 2018 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.

Automatic Voter Registration (Signed into Law)

Senate Bill 19-235

Concerning the transfer of electronic records by voter registration agencies in order to register voters.

Medical Marijuana Use for Autism and Acute Pain (Signed into Law)

House Bill 19-1028

Concerning the conditions for medical marijuana use for disabling medical conditions, and, in connection therewith, adding autism spectrum disorders to the list of disabling medical conditions for medical marijuana use.

Youth Mental Health Education and Suicide Prevention (Signed into Law)

House Bill 19-1120

The bill allows a minor 12 years of age or older to seek and obtain psychotherapy services with or without the consent of the minor’s parent or guardian. A registered psychotherapist or licensed social worker providing psychotherapy services to a minor may, with the consent of the minor, advise the minor’s parent or legal guardian of the psychotherapy services provided.

Lieutenant Governor Concurrent State Service (Signed into Law)

House Bill 19-1127

Concerning the appointment of the lieutenant governor to serve concurrently as the director of the office of saving people money on health care, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Prohibit Conversion Therapy For A Minor (Signed into Law)

House Bill 19-1129 

Concerning prohibiting a mental health care provider from engaging in conversion therapy with a patient under eighteen years of age.

Legislative Council Temporary Appointments Ex Officio Members (Signed into Law)

House Bill 19-1173

Concerning the authority of an ex officio member of the legislative council to appoint a temporary replacement for that ex officio member at a meeting of the legislative council.

Restore Voting Rights Parolees (Signed into Law)

House Bill 19-1266 

Concerning the voting rights of persons serving a sentence of parole, and in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Modifications to Uniform Election Code (Signed into Law)

House Bill 19-1278

Concerning modifications to miscellaneous provisions of the “Uniform Election Code of 1992”.

 Child College Savings Accounts (Signed into Law)

House Bill 19-1280

Concerning the creation of the college kickstarter account program to incentivize the creation of a college savings account for every child born in Colorado.

Mobile Home Park Act Oversight (Signed into Law)

House Bill 19-1309

Concerning the regulation of mobile home parks, and, in connection therewith, granting counties the power to enact ordinances for mobile home parks, extending the time to move or sell a mobile home after eviction proceedings, and creating the “Mobile Home Park Dispute Resolution and Enforcement Program”.

Allow Electric Utility Costumers Install Energy Storage Equipment (Signed into Law)

Senate Bill 18-009

Concerning the right of consumers of electricity to interconnect energy storage systems for use on their property.

In-state Tuition Foreign Nationals Settled in Colorado (Signed into Law)

Senate Bill 18-087

Concerning in-state tuition at institutions of higher education for certain foreign nationals legally settled in Colorado.

Parks and Wildlife Measures to Increase Revenue (Signed into Law)

Senate Bill 18-143 

Concerning measures to increase revenue for the parks and wildlife division, and, in connection therewith, setting certain hunting, fishing, parks, and recreation fees.

Voter Registration Individuals Criminal Justice System (Signed into Law)

Senate Bill 18-150

Concerning measures to facilitate voter registration of individuals in the criminal justice system, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Election Clean-up (Signed into Law)

Senate Bill 18-233

Concerning technical modifications to miscellaneous provisions of the “Uniform Election Code of 1992”, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (Signed into Law)

House Bill 18-1017 

Concerning the adoption of an interstate compact to allow a person authorized to practice psychology in a compact state in which the person is not licensed, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Residential Landlord Rental Application

House Bill 18-1127

Concerning the rental application process for prospective tenants.

Increased Reporting Oil and Gas Incidents

House Bill 18-1157

Concerning increased reporting of oil and gas incidents.

Higher Education Review Degree Program Costs and Outcomes (Signed into Law)

House Bill 18-1226

Concerning the review of degree programs offered by state institutions of higher education, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation

Consumer Reporting Agency Security Freeze Minors (Signed into Law)

House Bill 18-1233

Concerning a consumer reporting agency’s placement of a security freeze on the consumer report of a consumer who is under the charge of a representative at the request of the consumer’s representative.

Marijuana Accessory Consumption Establishments

House Bill 18-1258

Concerning authorization for an endorsement to an existing marijuana license to allow for a marijuana accessory consumption establishment for the purposes of consumer education, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Protect Water Quality Adverse Mining Impacts

House Bill 18-1301

Concerning the protection of water quality from adverse impacts caused by mineral mining.

Apprenticeship and Vocational Technical Training

House Bill 18-1341

Concerning creation of the Colorado state apprenticeship resource directory, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Stand By Your Ad Act

House Bill 18-1403

Concerning the expanded disclosure of information in disclaimer statements about persons paying for certain forms of political communication.

Measure Voter Service And Polling Centers Wait Times

Senate Bill 17-037

Concerning data-gathering at voter service and polling centers in certain counties during each general election.

Authorize Local Governments Inclusionary Housing Programs

Senate Bill 17-086

Concerning a clarification that the statute prohibiting local governments from enacting local legislation that would control rent on private residential housing units does not prohibit local governments from adopting inclusionary housing programs.

Creating a Right for Electric Utility Customers to Install Energy Storage

Senate Bill 17-089

Concerning the rights of consumers of electricity to install electricity storage systems on their properties.

Electric Utility Distribution Grid Resource Acquisition Plan

Senate Bill 17-145

Concerning modifications to the electric utility resource acquisition process, and, in connection therewith, promoting a more resilient, reliable, and cost-effective electrical grid through enhanced planning and data transparency.

Primary Election Clean-up (Signed into Law)

Senate Bill 17-305

Concerning modifications to select statutory provisions affecting primary elections enacted by voters at the 2016 statewide general election to facilitate the effective implementation of the state’s election laws, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Artificial Recharge Nontributary Aquifer Rules (Signed into Law)

House Bill 17-1076

Concerning rule-making by the state engineer regarding permits for the use of water artificially recharged into nontributary groundwater aquifers.

Olympic Athletes Colorado In-state Tuition (Signed into Law)

House Bill 17-1081

Concerning authority to offer in-state tuition classification at state-supported institutions of higher education for athletes training in Colorado in programs approved by the United States olympic committee.

Electric Demand-side Management Program Extension (Signed into Law)

House Bill 17-1227

Concerning an extension of demand-side management goals for investor-owned utilities as set by the public utilities commission.

Contribution Limits For County Offices

House Bill 17-1260

Concerning the establishment of contribution limits under the ‘Fair Campaign Practices Act’ for candidates for county offices.

Seal Misdemeanor Marijuana Conviction Records (Signed into Law)

House Bill 17-1266

Concerning allowing persons who were convicted of misdemeanors for marijuana-related behaviors that are no longer illegal to petition for the sealing of criminal records relating to such convictions.

Transportation Legislation Review Committee Interim Hearing Electric Utility Energy Storage

Concerning a transportation legislation review committee hearing on the integration of energy storage into the electric resource planning process for public utilities.

Residential Landlord Application Screening Fee

House Bill 17-1310

Concerning an application screening fee that a residential landlord charges a prospective tenant.

Age Of Consent Outpatient Psychotherapy For Minors

House Bill 17-1320

Concerning lowering the age of consent for minors seeking outpatient psychotherapy.

Parks And Wildlife Financial Sustainability

House Bill 17-1321

Concerning the parks and wildlife commission’s authority to set certain charges assessed on people engaging in activities regulated by the division of parks and wildlife, and, in connection therewith, setting certain hunting, fishing, parks, and recreation fees and fines, creating an aquatic nuisance species sticker and associated fee structure, and requiring reporting by the division of parks and wildlife on fee amounts and the use of division-managed lands by nonconsumptive users.

Teachers Nonpublic Child Care & Preschool Facility (Signed into Law)

House Bill 17-1332

Concerning state board of education authorization for an alternative teacher license for a person who participates in an alternative teacher program provided by a designated agency working with a nonpublic early child care facility.