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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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What Would Rent Control Mean for Colorado?

A new bill under consideration in the state legislature would give local governments across Colorado the ability to implement rent control policies.   Colorado has had a statewide ban on rent control policies since 1981, when it was enacted in response to a citizen initiative in Boulder to allow rent-controlled housing. Now, in the face of an affordable housing crisis in Denver and across...

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April is Fair Housing Month

###  April is Fair Housing Month. As stewards of the right to own, use, and transfer private property, REALTORS® understand that fair housing protects the real estate industry and our businesses. We depend on a free, open market that embraces equal opportunity. In short, fair housing makes us stronger.   "The Fair Housing Act was amended to prohibit discrimination based on gender, disability and...

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Call for Action

Vote "No" on Senate Bill 225   Senate Bill 225 is bad public policy because it repeals current Colorado statute prohibiting rent control on private residential real property or housing units and allows any local jurisdiction to pursue their own rent control limits. It will be on the Senate Floor on Thursday morning. ### Rent control does not equal affordable housing; in fact, it...

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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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Well-Intentioned Initiative 300 Will backfire on Denver’s Homeless — and on the Rest of Us

Denver voters are being asked to consider Initiative 300 — the “right to survive” — on the May ballot. 300 represents unprecedented and broad sweeping policy changes that will tangibly restrict our ability to deliver critical resources to homeless people and would have an immense impact on Denver and our state.   A new study, “Impacts on the Homeless and Society by...

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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...