Politics
11:53 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Senator Schwartz Talks Renewable Energy, Water and Hemp

Senator Gail Schwartz of Snowmass Village sponsored several bills this session, including a controversial one about renewable energy.
Credit gailschwartz.com

Senator Gail Schwartz of Snowmass Village is looking back on a productive legislative session about a month after it wrapped up. The democrat introduced 35 bills. Most were successful in a democratically-controlled Statehouse. Her bills ranged from water conservation to making hemp a viable commercial product. I sat down with her to discuss these efforts. We began with House Bill 252, one of the most hotly contested measures this session. The now-law requires 18 rural electric cooperatives from Montrose to Gunnison, increase the amount of renewable sources they use.