Denver Post: Priorities for next legislative session

Denver Post: Priorities for next legislative session

Suburban lawmakers hash out priorities for next Colorado General Assembly

WESTMINSTER — Legislators from Denver’s north suburbs hit upon the themes concerning much of the rest of Colorado — education, urban renewal, energy extraction and construction-defects reform.

Whether any or all of those topics will see action on the floor of the General Assembly starting Jan. 7 is yet to be known, but some lawmakers vowed to reach across the aisle and make consensus.

Incoming Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, said Friday she would use the collaboration skills she honed as a member of the Westminster City Council to transcend party labels.

“For seven years, it didn’t matter if there was a ‘D’ or an ‘R’ after your name, and I hope to be doing that at the Capitol,” she said.

Winter was one of a dozen legislators hailing from Arvada, Westminster, Thornton, Broomfield and other northern metro communities to gather at a Westminster hotel Friday for the annual Metro North Chamber Legislative Priorities breakfast. One of the first challenges they and their colleagues from around the state likely will face is reform of Colorado’s construction-defects law, which  has been blamed for jacking up insurance rates on condominium projects and dramatically slowing their growth in the state.

Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, said she would make homeowners’ interests in having a well-built unit in which to live a priority in the debate.

“My concern with this issue is not helping developers get richer and not helping lawyers get richer,” she said. “My concern is with the homeowner.”

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Jenny Davies-Schley

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