Ritter signs measure to help poor families pay energy bills
DENVER – Gov. Bill Ritter has signed a measure designed to help poor families pay their energy bills.It’s one of five energy-related measures Ritter signed into law on Tuesday. It provides $13 million for emergency assistance through two state programs.The other measures allow local governments to make below-market-rate loans to homeowners for small renewable-energy projects, encourage small-scale developers to build solar energy systems, require that new low-income housing be energy-efficient and help low-income homeowners finance energy-efficiency improvements.Ritter later signed education bills setting up new oversight for students in day-treatment centers, residential child-care facilities and hospitals, authorizing early-intervention programs for dyslexia and other reading problems, setting up a “counselor corps” for middle and high schools and other programs.
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