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Grantham: Don’t call new construction defects bill a ‘compromise’

Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Cañon City, gamely smiles for a photograph while standing in front of a "Kong: Skull Island" display promoting the remake of the classic "King Kong" in the theater lobby prior to the premiere of "The Last Bill, a Senator's Story," a documentary produced by former state Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Senate President Kevin Grantham tossed some cold water this weekend on the bipartisan backslapping that greeted the introduction of a new bill aimed at resolving longstanding tensions over construction defects litigation policy and spurring moribund condominium construction across the state. “Don’t call it a compromise,” the Cañon City Republican told The Colorado Statesman on Saturday. […]

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Senate committee OKs condo construction bill to require arbitration

State Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, discusses his Senate Bill 156, to require that condo associations use arbitration to settle disputes over construction defects before taking builders to court, at a rally on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the state Capitol. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

A Republican-sponsored bill to require condominium owners and builders to submit disputes over construction problems to arbitration or mediation passed its first hurdle Monday, winning bipartisan approval in a Senate committee. But opponents call the legislation’s central component a nonstarter and predict the bill will meet its demise in the Democratic-controlled House, despite plenty of […]

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‘Weird year’ so far at Capitol: Protest politics and open-minded cooperation

Protesters supporting the Affordable Care Act gather on the steps of the Colorado state Capitol building Jan 31, 2017. (Photo by John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)
The legislative session in Colorado has been running for a month. Donald Trump has been president for three weeks. The national political tumult that has marked the early days of the administration has resulted in a stream of public protest in the state and angry exchanges at the Capitol. Two weekends ago, the day after […]

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Growth limit proposal survives protests

A proposed initiative to limit growth survived two protests before the Colorado Secretary of State’s Initiative Title Setting Review Board, although some wording changes were made to clarify and address some of the concerns. The Wednesday, Jan. 4, hearing concerned what is being called Initiative 4 for the 2018 general election ballot, a measure proposed […]

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YESTERYEAR: Owens signs immigration bills, DeGette rips Bush stem cell veto

Ten Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Gov. Bill Owens ended a “scorching hot July” by signing 10 controversial immigration bills that emerged from a special session called at the beginning of the month. The centerpiece of the bipartisan package was a bill Owens called “the toughest law dealing with illegal immigration […]

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