Rachel Zenzinger for Colorado Senate District 19
Rachel Zenzinger
Colorado Senate
Feb. 18, 2014

Good Progress in Efforts

To Prevent Elder Abuse


The Colorado Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 14-098, Crimes Against At-Risk Elders, my first piece of legislation introduced in the State Senate. The bill strengthens laws that protect against elder abuse, specifically making language more precise to help identify theft and other terms. 


This issue in Colorado will grow worse if we do not remedy it, as the state's elder population is expected to grow 27 percent by 2017, and 142 percent by 2032. We must advocate for at-risk elders and develop the necessary tools and laws to keep them and their finances safe. The bill now moves to the Colorado House of Representatives for consideration.

School Turnaround Bill


The Senate Education Committee will hear my first education bill next week, Senate Bill 14-124 (School Turnaround Leaders Development Program). The bill is designed to develop high-quality leadership for struggling schools to improve academic performance. The Colorado Department of Education will contract with an entity that offers a turnaround leadership development program and award grants to school districts.  Those grants would develop school leaders who would "turn around" low-performing public schools. 



Coffee with Constituents


Thank you to all who attended '"Coffee with Constituents" at the Indian Tree Golf Course Club House in Arvada Feb.13. Thanks especially to guests Scott Storey of the Jeffco DA's office, Kathleen Flynn of AARP and Nicole Hartog of DRCOG for their insights. We had about two dozen people engaged in a great discussion on senior issues, with a focus on the elder abuse bill.


Coffee with Constituents will be held on the second Thursday of every month at Indian Tree, 7555 Wadsworth Blvd., 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. Mark your calendars for the next event: March 13, at 7 a.m. I will provide information about the topic as we get closer to the day.

Good Group for Town Hall


The topic of our most recent Town Hall was the status of education in Colorado, with speakers Jane Goff of the State Board of Education and Jill Fellman of the Jeffco School Board. Thanks to them for their informative remarks. 


In collaboration with State Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp, we engaged in a positive conversation on educational issues and talked about some relevant legislation. Our Town Hall meetings will be held on the third Saturday of every month at the Indian Tree Golf Course Club House, 7555 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 10:30 a.m. - noon. Please join us for our next Town Hall on Saturday, March 15, when we will have guests to talk to us about the state's flood and fire task force.    

School Execs Ask for $$$


In a letter to Gov. Hickenlooper and all of us in the General Assembly, nearly all of Colorado's 178 school superintendents called for an increase that would more than double the proposal for K-12 education funding. Colorado's school superintendents have asked the state legislature to add $275 million to the proposed budget of $241 million for the 2014-15 school year.


As a member of the Senate Education Committee, I am committed to supporting K-12 education in Colorado, and I will study the ramifications. 

Sen. Rachel Zenzinger
Sen. Rachel Zenzinger
Rachel Zenzinger was sworn in as State Senator to Colorado's District 19 on Dec. 13, 2013. She served as the Arvada City Council's District 1 representative following her election in November 2009, and she served as Mayor Pro Tem between 2011-2013. Her background is in education, and she received her master's degree in Adult Learning, Training and Development from Regis University. She was coordinator of the Master of Arts In Education Program at Regis; and she was coordinator for the Adams 12 Expelled Program. She has worked on behalf of numerous non-profits including Catholic Charities, the Arvada Center, Ralston House and the Arvada Community Food Bank.  
Speaking at MN Chamber

The Metro North Chamber of Commerce regularly invites legislators to address the organization's Business & Government Affairs Committee meetings, and tomorrow I'm up! I will address the group (Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7:30 a.m.), and I will update them on some of the bills I am sponsoring, including HB 1079, which would increase businesses' access to capital. I will also answer questions they will have that I'm sure will be related to business. The event is closed to members; but if you are not a member and you would like to attend, please call the Chamber at 303-288-1000 to see how you can work it out.

City Council Recognition

The Arvada City Council kindly recognized my four-plus years of service representing Arvada's District 1 on the City Council recently, and I was touched by my former colleagues' warm comments at the event. I was also delighted to see so many friends and supporters in attendance. I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to serve my community on the Arvada City Council.

Mayor MWilliams RZ
Mayor Marc Williams presents plaque to Sen. Rachel Zenzinger



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