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Capitol Connection: May 3, 2019

Colorado General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die   Today, Friday, May 3rd, the final gavel came down on the first regular session of the 72nd General Assembly. In total, 653 bills were introduced in the 2019 legislative session. The Colorado Association of RELATORS® (CAR) tracked 89 bills this year that would affect our industry and the Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) took a position...

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Capitol Connection: April 26, 2019

Senate Bill 19-107: Broadband Infrastructure Installation ### SB19-107, sponsored by Sen. Kerry Donovan (D-Vail) and Sen. Dylan Roberts (D-Avon), authorizes an electric utility that has an electric easement on real property or a commercial broadband supplier designated by the electric utility to act on the electric utility's behalf, after having provided advanced notice to the owner of the real property and to any...

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Capitol Connection: April 19, 2019

House Bill 19-1322: Expand Supply Affordable Housing ### HB19-1322, sponsored by Rep. Dylan Roberts (D-Avon), Rep. Perry Will (R-New Castle), Sen. Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City) and Sen. Don Coram (R-Montrose), appropriates a portion of the unused funds in Colorado's Unclaimed Property Trust Fund, while protecting the 20-year claims reserve. The bill ensures all unclaimed property claims will continue to be paid and...

CAR works to build foundation of affordable housing solutions during 2019 legislative session

DENVER – With affordable housing concerns topping the list of priority issues for many Colorado residents, the Colorado Association of REALTORS® collaborated with diverse stakeholders throughout the 2019 legislative session to make significant strides focused on short- and long-term housing solutions for communities across our state.   The Association’s Government Affairs Division, led by Elizabeth Peetz, is working cooperatively with more than 80 stakeholder...

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Capitol Connection: April 12, 2019

House Bill 19-1257 & House Bill 19-1258: TABOR Debrucing Bills   HB19-1257 and HB19-1258, sponsored by Speaker KC Becker (D-Boulder), Sen. Kevin Priola (R-Henderson) and Sen. Lois Court (D-Denver) refers a measure to the 2019 statewide ballot that would let voters decide whether we authorize the state to retain state revenues in excess of the TABOR cap (the constitutional limitation on state fiscal...

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Capitol Connection: April 5, 2019

Update: House Bill 19-1167: Remote Notaries Protect Privacy ### HB19-1167, sponsored by Rep. Monica Duran (D-Wheat Ridge), Rep. Terri Carver (R-Colorado Springs) and Sen. Robert Rodriguez (D-Denver), authorizes notaries public to perform a notarial act through use of audio-visual communication, commonly referred to as "remote notarization." Existing law requires an individual to appear in-person in order to get a document notarized. ### In today's...

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Capitol Connection: March 30, 2019

Update: House Bill 19-1006: Wildfire Mitigation Wildland-Urban Interface Areas   HB19-1006, sponsored by Rep. Barbara McLachlan (D-Durango), Rep. Terri Carver (R-Colorado Springs) and Sen. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora), creates a state grant program to fund proactive forest management and fuel reduction projects to reduce the impacts of wildfires to life, property and critical infrastructure. This is one of the Wildfire Matters Review Committee bills...

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Capitol Connection: March 22, 2019

House Bill 19-1050: Encourage Use of Xeriscape in Common Areas   HB19-1050, sponsored by Rep. Brianna Titone (D-Arvada), extends current statute to allow property owners and a community's governing board or homeowners association (HOA) to provide xeriscape or drought-tolerant landscaping to common areas. However, the bill does not exempt special districts from water conservation law regarding xeriscape landscaping. ### Xeriscaping is a method of...

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Capitol Connection: March 15, 2019

House Bill 19-1228: Increase Tax Credit Allocation Affordable Housing   HB19-1228, sponsored by Rep. Shannon Bird (D-Westminster), Rep. Brianna Titone (D-Arvada), Sen. Jack Tate (R-Centennial) and Sen. Rachel Zenzinger (D-Aurora), increases the annual allocation of the state's Affordable Housing Tax Credit program (AHTC), administered by the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA), from $5 million to $10 million from 2019 through 2024....

Governor Polis signs the “Deeds to Convey Real Property” Bill – HB19-1098 – into Law

CAR is thrilled to announce that HB19-1098, Deeds to Convey Real Property, was signed by Governor Polis on March 6th. CAR Chair Justin Knoll, LPC Member and REALTOR® John Lucero, CAR CEO Tyrone Adams, CAR General Counsel Scott Petersen, and CAR's VP of Government Affairs Elizabeth Peetz joined Governor Polis for the signing of this bill. CAR worked with multiple...