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Capitol Update: January 2014

February 25th, 2014

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Dear Friends,

The 2014 Legislative Session is now underway. It is hard to believe that we are already two weeks through this year’s process. Once again, I look forward to representing the citizens of District 5 as we work on legislation to improve the lives of all Coloradans. Stay in touch and follow the progress of the General Assembly this session online!

 
Senate Floor, Day 1 of the 2014 Session

Economic Development & Jobs for Rural Colorado

Economic development in rural areas has always been a primary driver of my legislative effort. I want to highlight a few pieces of legislation aimed at rural economic development and job creation that will be presented in the upcoming session.

Connect Colorado with Broadband – In today’s world, adequate broadband access in our rural and mountain communities is a critical economic driver. High speed internet access allows new businesses to move into our communities, students to connect remotely to classrooms, and hospitals to care for us. We have been working on finding ways to fund critical broadband infrastructure in our hardest to reach areas for years, and this year I intend to address this issue.  In the 21st century, our communities cannot continue to sit and wait for connectivity. This winter,  we hosted community meetings in Fairplay and Limon with broadband stakeholders, County Commissioners, and citizens from all over the state to find points of agreement on funding rural broadband infrastructure, and create funding for a broadband grant program. Your Input and support is valuable for the success of this bill. We should be introducing a bill shortly.

Greening Schools and Communities – I am working on a bill to implement ideas from the Powering Up Conference in Carbondale last fall.  Energy efficiency is the most effective way to save money on your utility bills and uses new technology to save energy. Energy efficiency contractors in our communities are looking for tools to encourage municipalities and schools to become more energy efficient, while simultaneously creating local jobs. In order to continue economic growth in the district, a new bill would allow the current funding for renewable installations in schools to be extended to include efficiency upgrades and could allow communities to finance energy efficiency projects using affordable bond rates.

Sincerely,

Gail Schwartz
Senate District 5

    

Above(Left): Presenting in Carbondale to an Energy Efficiency Conference. Above(Right): Touring the Montrose Forest Products Mill

We Are Listening: Important Upcoming Dates & Events

Community meeting on health care in mountain communities

Please join us to discuss the rates and access to health care in mountain communities. Commissioner Marguerite Salazar and health care providers are coming to discuss options for our community and listen to your comments. Representatives Hamner, Mitsch Bush, and Rankin have also been invited.

  • February 1st
  • 4:00-5:30pm
  • Eagle County Community Center, 20 Eagle County Dr, El Jebel, CO ‎

Community meeting on the mine closure and resulting job loss

Please join us to discuss the community impacts resulting from the closure of the Elk Creek Mine on February 8th in Paonia. I will be joined by representatives from the Department of Labor and Employment, the Office of Economic Development, and the Department of Local Affairs to address what resources the state can provide to assist Delta County in these difficult times. Representatives Coram, Hamner and Wright have also been invited.

  • February 8th
  • 1:00-2:30pm
  • Delta-Montrose Technical College (Gymnasium) – EnergyTech, 4th Street, Paonia, CO

Upcoming Town Halls on the calendar

  • February 22nd – Gunnison County
  • March 7th – Lake County
  • March 8th – Pitkin County

Stay Updated & Informed with these links

General Assembly Website – Follow bills and stream audio & video

State Water Plan
Update on Hemp in Colorado

Judicial Learning Center – If you are planning a visit to the capitol, make sure to reserve a tour of the new Ralph L.Carr Colorado Judicial Learning Center, a great way for students and adults to learn about our courts.

  • 2 E 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
  • (720) 625-5000
Stay in Touch!
(303) 866-4871   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   |    visit my website

Capitol Update: January 2014

Dear Friends,

The 2014 Legislative Session is now underway. It is hard to believe that we are already two weeks through this year’s process. Once again, I look forward to representing the citizens of District 5 as we work on legislation to improve the lives of all Coloradans. Stay in touch and follow the progress of the General Assembly this session online!

 
Senate Floor, Day 1 of the 2014 Session

Economic Development & Jobs for Rural Colorado

Economic development in rural areas has always been a primary driver of my legislative effort. I want to highlight a few pieces of legislation aimed at rural economic development and job creation that will be presented in the upcoming session.

Connect Colorado with Broadband – In today’s world, adequate broadband access in our rural and mountain communities is a critical economic driver. High speed internet access allows new businesses to move into our communities, students to connect remotely to classrooms, and hospitals to care for us. We have been working on finding ways to fund critical broadband infrastructure in our hardest to reach areas for years, and this year I intend to address this issue.  In the 21st century, our communities cannot continue to sit and wait for connectivity. This winter,  we hosted community meetings in Fairplay and Limon with broadband stakeholders, County Commissioners, and citizens from all over the state to find points of agreement on funding rural broadband infrastructure, and create funding for a broadband grant program. Your Input and support is valuable for the success of this bill. We should be introducing a bill shortly.

Greening Schools and Communities – I am working on a bill to implement ideas from the Powering Up Conference in Carbondale last fall.  Energy efficiency is the most effective way to save money on your utility bills and uses new technology to save energy. Energy efficiency contractors in our communities are looking for tools to encourage municipalities and schools to become more energy efficient, while simultaneously creating local jobs. In order to continue economic growth in the district, a new bill would allow the current funding for renewable installations in schools to be extended to include efficiency upgrades and could allow communities to finance energy efficiency projects using affordable bond rates.

Sincerely,

Gail Schwartz
Senate District 5

    

Above(Left): Presenting in Carbondale to an Energy Efficiency Conference. Above(Right): Touring the Montrose Forest Products Mill

We Are Listening: Important Upcoming Dates & Events

Community meeting on health care in mountain communities

Please join us to discuss the rates and access to health care in mountain communities. Commissioner Marguerite Salazar and health care providers are coming to discuss options for our community and listen to your comments. Representatives Hamner, Mitsch Bush, and Rankin have also been invited.

  • February 1st
  • 4:00-5:30pm
  • Eagle County Community Center, 20 Eagle County Dr, El Jebel, CO ‎

Community meeting on the mine closure and resulting job loss

Please join us to discuss the community impacts resulting from the closure of the Elk Creek Mine on February 8th in Paonia. I will be joined by representatives from the Department of Labor and Employment, the Office of Economic Development, and the Department of Local Affairs to address what resources the state can provide to assist Delta County in these difficult times. Representatives Coram, Hamner and Wright have also been invited.

  • February 8th
  • 1:00-2:30pm
  • Delta-Montrose Technical College (Gymnasium) – EnergyTech, 4th Street, Paonia, CO

Upcoming Town Halls on the calendar

  • February 22nd – Gunnison County
  • March 7th – Lake County
  • March 8th – Pitkin County

Stay Updated & Informed with these links

General Assembly Website – Follow bills and stream audio & video

State Water Plan
Update on Hemp in Colorado

Judicial Learning Center – If you are planning a visit to the capitol, make sure to reserve a tour of the new Ralph L.Carr Colorado Judicial Learning Center, a great way for students and adults to learn about our courts.

  • 2 E 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
  • (720) 625-5000
Stay in Touch!
(303) 866-4871   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   |    visit my website