Senator Steve Fenberg | The Grand Opening of the 73rd General Assembly
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The Grand Opening of the 73rd General Assembly

18 Feb The Grand Opening of the 73rd General Assembly

Friend,

Over the past month, Colorado has done a great job in slowing the spread of COVID-19. We’ve seen a sustained decrease in new cases and hospitalizations, and more vaccines are being administered every day. We find ourselves in a much better place to return to in person work at the Capitol. So,today we gaveled in – again.

In many ways, today felt like day one of the 2021 session. However, we returned to a session that’s already seen rules set and legislation passed, with new bills prepped and a handful already introduced. I’m returning committed to meeting the moment’s particular challenges and delivering real results for Coloradans.

This session, we have an opportunity to show our state and the rest of the nation that we can work together to solve big problems. We’ll work to respond to the immediate needs of Coloradans, restore our community pillars like schools and small businesses, revitalize our struggling economy, and reimagine a future where all Coloradans can thrive.

My first bill introduced this session, Senate Bill 21-029, would allow for Native American students in tribes with historical ties to Colorado to pay in-state tuition at the state’s public universities and colleges. Colorado has long benefitted from federal grants of land taken from Native American people. We have a responsibility to their descendants to both recognize and reconcile that painful history. This bill would be an important step in creating opportunities for American Indian students to access high quality higher education at a rate that any resident of Colorado is able to.

  • Governor Polis is giving his annual State of the State address tomorrow at 11:00am. I’ll be sharing the livestream of his speech on my Facebook page if you’d like to tune it.
  • To watch our daily Senate sessions, visit The Colorado Channel.
  • And if you ever want to provide testimony for a bill – in person/remotely/via writing – or just watch its committee hearing, use this link.
These first few days will be busy, but they’re just the beginning. I’m excited to introduce plenty more legislation to address the climate crisis, our transportation growing pains, and more. As things get rolling, I’ll want to hear from you – on concerns you might have, questions about bills, and feedback for me. Shoot me an email at steve@stevefenberg.org or give me a call at 303-866-4872.

Let’s get to work.

Onward,