Both Senate Bills 91 and 177 were up for debate in committee at the Capital this week. From shortening timelines to taking away key rights from homeowners, neither bill is good for Colorado. See what the press had to say:
SB 177 –
A legislate committee on Wednesday night passed a bill to make changes to Colorado’s controversial construction-defects law that proponents hope will breathe new life into condominium construction in the state.
The debate of Senate Bill 177, which took place in the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee, went late into the evening with after nearly eight hours of testimony. It passed on a 6-2 vote and moves on to the full Senate.
A parade of witnesses – including Denver Mayor Michael Hancock – addressed the committee with please to both pass and kill the bill, which went high profile this session after local communities began taking matters into their own hands.
Legislators heard horror stories from homeowners living in condominiums with crumbling foundations and leaky windows who have desperately tried to get builders to take responsibility for their mistakes. They also heard from county commissioners and affordable housing advocates, who said the specter of lawsuits arising from Colorado’s construction-defects law is drying up condo construction and making it difficult for lower income residents to buy a home…. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE >>
Construction-defects reform passed its first test in the Colorado Legislature late Wednesday, garnering the bipartisan support its backers wanted to make their point about its universal appeal but also meeting strong opposition over its perceived slights to homeowners that will continue to serve as its biggest obstacle moving forward.
The state Senate Business, Labor and Technology committee approved the bill — considered roundly to be the top business priority in the 2015 legislative session — by a 6-2 margin, with Democratic Sen. Cheri Jahn of Wheat Ridge joining the five committee Republicans in supporting SB 177.
It heads now to debate on the full Senate floor and, if it passes as expected, will then move to the less-friendly territory of the Democrat-controlled House…. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE>>
DENVER – A legislative effort to curb construction-defect lawsuits in Colorado passed its first test Wednesday after a Senate committee backed the measure.
The Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee supported the bipartisan legislation after a seven-hour hearing by a vote of 6-2. The measure now heads to the full Senate for debate.
The proposed bill would require mediation or arbitration before a lawsuit is filed. It also would require a majority of homeowners in a homeowners’ association to agree to a lawsuit before one is filed.
Other provisions would require notices to homeowners of disputes and consequences related to proposed construction-defect lawsuits… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE>>
DENVER (CBS4) Colorado lawmakers are debating a bill that would change the state’s construction defect law. Senate Bill 177 has bi-partisan support in both houses, and is intended to spur new construction of mid-priced condominiums across the state.
“Right now, housing is experiencing a crunch in Colorado, not just in the Metro Area but statewide,” said Senator Jesse Ulibarri, a democrat representing District 21 and one of the sponsors of SB 177…
Opponents say that the bill unfairly limits homeowners as they try to get important repairs made to their homes.
“Anybody who’s producing a product should be responsible for what they produce. I don’t think it’s appropriate to let home builders and developers off the hook,” said Jonathan Harris, the president of Build Our Homes Right… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE>>
SB 91 –
DENVER (AP) – A bill to make it harder to sue condominium builders has cleared its first hurdle in the Colorado Legislature.
The measure would make it harder to sue builders of single and multifamily homes for defective construction. It would require that a homeowners’ association use a mediator before suing, and require them to get written consent from members before suing as a group… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE>>
DENVER — A Senate committee approved a measure Monday that would reduce the amount of time homebuilders must carry construction defect insurance.
Under the measure, homeowners who notice a construction defect to their newly built home have six years to file a claim with the builder to get it repaired. Current law sets that timeline at eight years.
Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, who introduced SB91, said the measure is needed to help spur more single-family construction.
Initially, Scott wanted to cut the eight-year limit in half, but altered it to six. He also removed a provision in the bill to apply the six-year limit to multi-family projects, such as apartment buildings and townhomes… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE>>
DENVER – A Senate committee on Monday advanced a measure that would shorten the length of time homeowners have to sue over construction defects.
The Republican-backed measure passed the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on a party-line vote. It faces a tough climb if it makes its way over to the Democratic-controlled House.
Senate Bill 91 would lower the overall length of time homeowners have to sue from eight years to six years… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE>>
A bill to reduce the amount of time a homeowner gets to sue over construction defects passed in a Senate committee Monday, but not before it was weakened to exclude multi-family developments.
Senate Bill 91 as amended is largely devoid of its most controversial element, which would have lessoned from six years to three years the time that a homeowner in a condominium complex would get to take legal action against a builder or contractor after completion of a project… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE>>