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News Release | CoPIRG | Transportation

Colorado makes country’s largest per capita state investment in electric school buses

As the school year draws to a close for most students, Gov. Jared Polis signed SB22-193 Thursday morning, making Colorado the national leader in per capita investments in electric school buses and creating the largest state incentive program for e-bikes in the country. The law allocates $65 million to transition the state’s fleet of mainly diesel school buses to cleaner electric alternatives and $12 million for incentives for electric bikes. 

News Release | CoPIRG | Consumer Protection

Colorado governor signs nation’s first Right to Repair wheelchair bill into law

Colorado wheelchair users have won a landmark victory that eventually could affect every U.S. consumer’s right to repair. Gov. Jared Polis signed HB22-1031 into law Thursday, requiring manufacturers of powered wheelchairs to make available parts, tools, repair manuals and digital access to owners and independent repairers at fair and reasonable prices. The new Colorado law also marks the first time a state has passed a right-to-repair bill since Massachusetts voters approved an automotive Right to Repair ballot measure  in 2013. 

News Release | CoPIRG | Transportation

Colorado tackles record-breaking air pollution with big public transit investments

Following one of the worst summers for air pollution in the past decade, Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill on Thursday that expands statewide regional bus service and offers a free month of public transportation statewide during ozone season, among other ambitious clean transportation policies. Colorado is enacting legislation to address transportation-related ozone pollution after the EPA downgraded the state’s highly populated North Front Range region’s ozone problem from “serious” to “severe” in April 2022.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection

STATEMENT: U.S. PIRG applauds SEC’s newly proposed ESG regulations

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) unveiled two proposals Wednesday designed to improve the accuracy and transparency of the composition and marketing of mutual funds that sellers claim are responsible when it comes to environmental, social and governance issues.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Release: Consumer groups, health experts call for changes to accelerated drug approval in FDA reform bill

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will mark up a discussion draft on the Food and Drug Administration’s user fee legislation next week. In response, U.S. PIRG joined over 35 health experts and other advocacy groups in a letter released on Friday recommending stronger enforcement of post-market clinical trials for accelerated approval drugs to better protect patients.

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