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House passes bipartisan construction litigation reform bill unanimously

House Bill 1279 sponsors House Minority Whip Lori Saine, R-Dacono, Assistant House Minority Leader Cole Wist, R-Centennial, and Assistant House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, D-Denver, stand in front of a unanimous vote tally in favor of the legislation on Monday, April 24, 2017, in House chambers. (Photo courtesy Cole Wist via Twitter)

Bipartisan legislation to make it more difficult for homeowners associations to sue condominium developers for construction defects passed unanimously out of the Colorado House on Monday and is headed to the Senate. The bill marks a breakthrough backers hope will thaw Colorado’s frozen condo construction market and help address a housing shortage across the state.

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Lawmakers, stakeholders say persistence, high stakes led to breakthrough on construction defects bill

Gov. John Hickenlooper speak at a press conference announcing compromise legislation to require informed consent before condominium owner associations can move ahead on complaints over flawed construction on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the state Capitol in Denver. Homeownership Opportunity Alliance co-chair Mike Kopp House, Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, and Community Associations Institute spokeswoman Suzanne Leff stand alongside the governor. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Officials say they’re hopeful a breakthrough compromise reached on construction defects legislation as Tuesday night turned to Wednesday will thaw Colorado’s frozen condominium market and help resolve the state’s housing crisis. Calling the agreement a “psychic win,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said Wednesday at a Capitol news conference that he expects builders to respond favorably, and […]

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Transportation bill gets an overhaul in Colorado Senate committee

A bill that would ask Colorado voters to approve spending billions on transportation went through a budgetary ringer in the Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday. Among 12 amendments, the committee lowered the proposed sales tax from 0.62 percent to 0.50 and offset that with $100 million annually from the existing state budget. It also locks in 53 […]

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Cole Wist says he’s undaunted by wrenches thrown at construction defects bills by business coalition

Assistant House Minority Leader Cole Wist, R-Centennial, talks about the legislative session at a Colorado Republican Party fundraiser on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Assistant House Minority Leader Cole Wist, a Centennial Republican, says he’s committed to both of the bipartisan construction-defects bills before the Legislature despite concerns expressed by a coalition of business leaders, adding that his decades of experience as a high-stakes litigator lead him to believe an agreement could be at hand.

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