"These bills celebrate the people and the spirit of the
"For example, this solar plant demonstrates the potential offered by
"As we grow the New Energy Economy, we also must support and improve the standard of living in
House Bill 1164 (Solano/Schwartz) directs the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to favor large-scale solar power proposals.
HB 1083 (Curry/Penry) sets new criteria to ensure a fair and direct distribution of severance tax dollars to communities most impacted by oil and gas drilling. It improves transparency and accountability for the state's local mineral impact assistance grant program.
"This bill will greatly improve how we distribute revenue to areas impacted most by oil and gas," said Rep. Kathleen Curry.
Senate Bill 13 (Schwartz/Fischer) will invest additional dollars to energy-impacted communities to support and develop outdoor recreation and wildlife-related economies. These non-energy economies will allow communitis to sustain themselves beyond the current energy boom.
SB 228 (Schwartz/Curry) is a right-to-know bill that provides the public with access to information about mining and when companies file notices of intent for hard-rock prospecting.
This will improve transparency and still protect companies' proprietary mining information. The legislation grew out of concerns voiced by the community of Crested Butte. Industry, residents and the environmental community came together and agreed on the legislation.
SB 215 (Schwartz/Riesberg) calls on the state's Chief Informaiton Officer to create a statewide map of current broadband resources throughout
"This bill is a huge step into the 21st century for
SB 38 (Schwartz/Massey) creates 12 regional service areas, and encourages each area to assemble a local council to develop local forms of P-20 (pre-school through grad school) education. Aligning educational systems this way will improve student learning, lower high school dropout rates and close achievement gaps. The
"We have to ensure that the education we are providing our kids is the best it can be, and one of the ways we get there is by improving school programs," Sen. Schwartz said. "By collaborating regionally, we can streamline our operations, improve student performance, and close the achievement gap."