Consumer Protection Updates

The 2021 Colorado General Assembly took major steps forward in protecting utility customers and our planet. HB21-1131 will result in better transparency and more open and accountable governing practices for members of utility cooperatives and SB21-103 reauthorizes and strengthens Colorado’s Utility Consumer Advocate. 

The Colorado legislature is considering a bill, SB21-190, titled Protect Personal Data Privacy. Despite its title, it doesn’t build the right foundation for consumers to keep their data private.

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Key House committee approves creation of Colorado Office of Financial Empowerment

CoPIRG applauds the members of the Colorado House State, Civic, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee for approving SB21-148, sponsored by Majority Leader Esgar and Representative Tipper. The bill will create a state Office of Financial Empowerment.

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Colorado’s Senators should vote to repeal rule enabling predatory lender evasion of CO payday law

With the clock ticking, Colorado advocates are calling on Senator Bennet and Senator Hickenlooper to back the bill that will overturn a bank regulator rule that would allow predatory lenders to evade Colorado’s 36% payday loan interest rate cap. The bill must pass the Senate by May 21 to block the rule. 

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Denver financial empowerment office helps thousands of residents reduce debt, save money, avoid debt traps

CoPIRG released new data highlighting the success of the Denver Office of Financial Empowerment and Protection (OFEP), which in 2020 helped thousands of Denver residents reduce debt by $1.4 million, increase savings by $227,000, avoid $826,000 in tax prep fees, and improve credit scores by an average of 43 points. CoPIRG highlighted that the Denver OFEP success underscores the role a statewide Office of Financial Empowerment could play to help leverage Denver’s success across the state.


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Reauthorization of Colorado's utility consumer advocate takes step forward

The Colorado Senate Transportation and Energy Committee approved SB21-103 and moved the Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) one step closer to reauthorization. Over the last 30 years, the OCC has saved consumers $1.7 billion - with average annual consumer savings of $113 million over the last five years.

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Consumer, farmer, and disability advocates call on legislators to protect Coloradans’ right to repair

CoPIRG joined the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, Rocky Mountain Farmers’ Union, and 50 independent repair shops and farmers across the state to support Right to Repair and HB21-1199, a bill that would make it easier for consumers and independent repairers to repair their electronics. Right to Repair is the principle that people should be able to fix their devices on their own or take them to someone they trust to fix it. 

Colorado’s Right to Repair bill, HB21-1199, is up in the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee. Here’s what I’m going to say to convince them to vote yes. 

News Release | CoPIRG | Financial Reform

CoPIRG supports the creation of a Colorado Office of Financial Empowerment

CoPIRG is calling on the Colorado Senate Finance Committee to pass SB21-148, sponsored by Senator Julie Gonzales, and create a Colorado Office of Financial Empowerment. 


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