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Capitol Connection – May 12, 2022

Legislative Advocacy this Week at the State Capitol Latest News on Green Energy Legislation HB 1362: Building Greenhouse Gas Emissions: (LPC Position: Amend) Sponsored by Reps. Tracey Bernett, Alex Valdez, and Sens. Chris Hansen, & Faith Winter STATUS: sent to Governor Polis Summary and Background: The original bill granted the Colorado Energy Office rulemaking authority to create statewide green building codes for electrification and solar capacity, net zero...

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Capitol Connection – April 26, 2022

Legislative Advocacy this Week at the State Capitol Breaking news on HB-1287 Mobile Home Park Legislation (Rent Control) Late last Friday evening, the state House, during their second reading on the House Floor, an amendment was added to the bill that removed rent control from the legislation. CAR, in earlier committee testimony submitted to the legislature, advocated removing this section. The amendment improves the legislation by removing...

Colorado Conversations About Affordable Housing

CAR’s Vice President of Government Affairs Liz Peetz was part of a panel addressing Colorado’s access to housing and affordability. The program was hosted by the Denver Gazette, which posed questions to panel members who included Ted Leighty, Colorado Home Builders Association; Jonathan Cappelli, Neighborhood Development Collaborative; Peter LiFari, Maiker Housing Partners; Karen Kallenberg, Habitat for Humanity Colorado; and Liz Peetz, CAR.  Many reasons for the problem...

CAR Mid-Year Legislative Videos Out Now

CAR’s Mid-Year Legislative reviews are out now, with reports from the Legislative Policy Subcommittees: Business and Taxation, Housing, Land Use, Regulatory, and Water. CAR’s Vice President of Government Affairs Liz Peetz gives five-minute updates on each industry area, including the positions CAR is taking on different pieces of legislation. During the session, the Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) monitors the 12-week session’s house and senate bills, and...

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Capitol Connection – April 5, 2022

Legislative Advocacy this Week at the State Capitol Affordable Housing Bills at the Capitol CAR Speaks Up For Homeownership Options It's been a very busy couple of weeks at the Capitol for housing legislation. There are several affordable housing bills at the Capitol, many stemming from the summer's transformative affordable housing taskforce work and some stemming from individual legislators themselves. House Bill 1242 - Regulate Tiny Homes...

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Capitol Connection – March 22, 2022

Legislative Advocacy this Week at the State Capitol Halfway Through 120 days of Legislative Session We're now just over halfway through the legislative session and the general assembly will begin working on the state budget starting next week. The forecasts from the Governor's Office and the Legislative Council Staff both showed a higher risk of inflation and highlighted the high costs of housing in...

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Capitol Connection – March 8, 2022

Legislative Advocacy this Week at the State Capitol Wildfire Legislation At the Capitol There are a plethora of wildfire bills at the Capitol this year, whether it's matching local grants, changing insurance coverage after disasters, helping to cover homeowner mitigation costs to create defensible space, or creating healthier forests, or even looking at how camera's can help us see wildfires coming. CAR...

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Capitol Connection – March 2, 2022

Legislative Advocacy this Week at the State Capitol Updates on State Legislation This week at the Capitol several bills continue to work their way through the legislative process: Senate Bill 22-099 Sealing Criminal Records was amended on February 24th in the Senate Judiciary Committee in several ways to make the bill work better for law enforcement and legal professionals that directly deal with...

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Capitol Connection – February 22, 2022

Legislative Advocacy this Week at the State Capitol CAR is Working to Improve State Legislation HB22-1007: Assistance Landowner Mitigation. The Colorado Association of REALTORS (CAR) is now in SUPPORT position after we received specific amendments to make the bill better by continuing the wildfire tax credit for individual landowners as an important part of the multi-pronged solution to address wildfire mitigation...

Three New Wildfire Mitigation Bills Intro’d

The Wildfire Matters Review Committee brought three House Bills to the house. HB 1007 ends a tax deduction for property owners that offsets wildfire mitigation expenses. The deduction is replaced with an income tax credit beginning in 2023, which would be available to landowners with a taxable annual income of less than $120,000. Elizabeth Peetz, Vice President of CAR’s Government Affairs, stated the cap “removes the...