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Denver Chamber voices misgivings on construction-defects bill

Author: Dan Njegomir - February 23, 2017 - Updated: June 6, 2017

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce — a key stakeholder in efforts to forge compromise legislation on construction-liability reform — issued a statement today via Chamber President Kelly Brough opposing one of the pending proposals on the issue, Senate Bill 157:

“Although Senate Bill 157 contains some meaningful reforms to construction defect laws, we’re concerned that it would take away from local control and the critical gap so many municipalities have filled to ensure their citizens have access to affordable workforce housing. We are committed to working with the bill sponsors and the entire legislature to advance meaningful construction defects reform and will continue to advocate for consumer protections, such as informing all owners of a possible construction defect lawsuit, and providing alternatives to costly, long battles in court.”

SB 157 is sponsored by Sen. Angela Williams, D-Denver, and Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora. It is one of several pending proposals to rein in liability for defective construction in the homebuilding industry in hopes of encouraging development of more affordable housing.

The chamber also released its latest stands, pro and con, on some other measures now before the General Assembly:

The Chamber supports:

The Chamber opposes:

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is a blogger and opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.


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