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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 28, 201715min781

A Republican-sponsored bill to require condominium owners and builders to submit disputes over construction problems to arbitration or mediation passed its first hurdle Monday, winning bipartisan approval in a Senate committee. But opponents call the legislation’s central component a nonstarter and predict the bill will meet its demise in the Democratic-controlled House, despite plenty of optimistic talk at the start of the session about grand compromises to revive stalled condo construction statewide.