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Colorado driverless car bill wins bipartisan support in state Senate

At Seoul National University, a smartphone application for a driverless car. (Lee Jin-man/AP)

A Colorado legislative proposal meant in part to attract automated car entrepreneurs advanced in the state Senate on Tuesday. The bill is being promoted by its sponsors for being ahead of the curve nationwide and welcomed by the burgeoning industry. Supporters played down public-safety and job-loss concerns posed by driverless car technology, arguing that the […]

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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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Hill on a possible upside to Colorado transportation woes: Let’s embrace autonomous vehicles!

Colorado Republican state Senators at the Capitol, seated from left, Jerry Sonnenberg, Jack Tate, Owen Hill, March 13, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

State Sen. Owen Hill is not for letting the crisis of Colorado’s inadequate transportation go to waste. There won’t be any ski train coming any time soon. There may or may not be a transportation funding bill passed this legislative session or any legislative session. Coloradans are desperate. It’s past time to be bold, to […]

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Noonan: Charter vs. School District money fights result from public education underfunding

Paula Noonan
Public school funding advocates are reduced to fighting over scraps lately, with two bills attempting to “equalize” school finance from different directions. The big picture is that the state Legislature, since the Great Recession, hasn’t come up with any solution to public school underfunding.

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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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Construction bill backers knock opponents for embracing arbitration in their own contracts

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Backers of Republican-sponsored legislation to steer construction defects complaints into arbitration are crying foul because opponents require the dispute-resolution method in their own contracts. An organization representing homeowner associations, however, says arbitration is fine in certain cases, but its spokeswoman maintains that forcing complicated construction disputes into arbitration — instead of guaranteeing the HOAs their […]

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