Colorado Concern 

March 16, 2015

The Week in Review


Tamra Ward

This is a big week for Colorado.  The first committee hearing for Senate Bill 177, the construction defects reform legislation, is set for Wednesday, and it most likely will be a contentious hearing.  We all know who opposes this legislation and what they plan to say at the Capitol.  We need your voice to also be heard to ensure that this significant legislation receives the broadest support possible as it makes its way through the process.


As you know, a big hurdle to building condos and townhomes across our state is the defect in Colorado law that exposes homebuilders and homeowners to a high risk of expensive litigation.  This situation no doubt will have a serious impact on Colorado's economy.  Right now, rent increases in the metro Denver area are outpacing those in all other U.S. cities, including San Francisco and New York.  Denver's median home price of $329,000 is the highest of any major city not on a coast, and $114,000 higher than that of Phoenix.


This situation is not good for Colorado's economy, housing market or families.  That's why Colorado Concern has been a leading organization on this issue and is part of the Homeownership Opportunity Alliance's drive to pass meaningful legislation to fix the defect in state law.


This issue is being noticed statewide.  The cities of Durango and Fort Collins in recent months have focused on the lack of affordable housing in their communities - and both have noted the impact of construction defects on their housing markets.  It is also a major focus of news media across our state. Just last week, the Boulder Daily Camera signaled its support for Senate Bill 177, noting:


"... we do believe in making this less fertile ground for trial lawyers and their hefty contingency fees.  Requiring a majority vote of an HOA's members rather than merely its board, and requiring it to resort to mediation and arbitration before or instead of court, strike us as fair ways to address the problem."


The Camera's editorial joins similar calls to action from The Denver Post, Colorado Springs GazetteLongmont Times-Call and Loveland Reporter-Herald.  It also joins 50 statewide organizations and more than 30 mayors across the state.


Please take a moment to send a letter to your state senator by clicking here. Every voice counts in this debate.


We will be certain to keep you updated on Senate Bill 177 as it continues through the legislative process.  If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact me at





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Thursday, April 7: Colorado Concern Membership Networking Lunch Co-Hosted by David McReynolds and Blair Richardson

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East. 19th Avenue, Suite 400

Members in the News 


Dan Ritchie  

Dan Ritchie urges DU community to reimagine its future

University of Denver Magazine: March 11

Features Dan Ritchie


Davidson: Former Chancellor Dan Ritchie among honorees at DU Founders Day Gala

The Denver Post: March 15

Features Dan Ritchie


Kim Day  

Denver International Airport ranked no. 8 in the world 

Denver Post: March 12

Features Kim Day


John Ikard  

How This Bank Gets Called 'Gnarly' (in a Good Way) by Millennials

American Banker: March 12

Features John Ikard



Pinnacol Assurance Marks 100 Years of Protecting Colorado Workers and Employers

Workers Compensation: March 13

Features Phil Kalin

Colorado Concern News Clips


Development/Real Estate

Denver Post: March 9


Denver Post: March 9


Colorado condo construction bills move closer to goals

Longmont Times-Call: March 10


Denver Post: March 10


Denver Post: March 11


Hickenlooper seeking compromise on construction-defects reform 

Denver Business Journal: March 12


Economy/Economic Development

Denver's economic surge means coupling affordable housing dilemma with innovation 

Denver Business Journal: March 12


Denver Business Journal: March 13



Colorado should keep court resources for truant students

The Denver Post: March 10


Colorado lieutenant governor: Don't opt out

Chalkbeat Colorado: March 10


U.S. News grad-school rankings: How Colorado universities rate

Denver Business Journal: March 10


Colorado State University appoints its 1st female business dean

Denver Business Journal: March 10


Denver Post: March 11


2 Colorado colleges get on board with PARCC assesment tests

Denver Business Journal: March 11


Bill creating bonuses for teachers advances, but sponsor pulls support 

Denver Post: March 12


Sheridan School District sues Colorado Department of Education 

Denver Post: March 12


Healthy Kids survey becomes parental rights battleground 

Denver Post: March 12


Colorado employers could get tax breaks for repaying workers' student loans 

Denver Business Journal: March 12


Proposed law waives governmental immunity for some school violence

The Denver Post: March 13


Colo. community colleges lean on low-paid adjuncts

The Coloradoan: March 14


Poudre students' protest a primer for change

The Coloradoan: March 15



Making Colorado's elections better

Journal Advocate: March 9


Colorado Lawmaker 'Very Proud' of South Dakota Legislator Who Compared Planned Parenthood to ISIS

RH Reality Check: March 9


Colorado legislators hope for compromise in session's second half

Colorado Springs Gazette: March 9


Colorado legislators face 3 big issues; can they find compromise in session's second half?

Colorado Springs Gazette: March 10


Huffington Post: March 10


Northern Colorado arts backers push for cultural tax on 2016 ballot

Colorado Public Radio: March 11


Colorado Springs business leaders hope to get lawmakers' ear

Colorado Springs Gazette: March 12


Hickenlooper recaps legislature's first half

The Colorado Statesman: March 12


Two local students will be advising the State Legislature about issues important to our youth

KJCT8: March 13


Crowdfunding bill passes first test in Colorado legislature

Colorado Springs Gazette: March 13


Gessler voter sting nets 1 conviction despite accusation of widespread fraud

Aurora Sentinel: March 13



Denver Post: March 9


Greeley Tribune: March 9


Denver Post: March 9


Denver Post: March 9


Soapbox: Coloradans are in danger of losing their voice

Fort Collins Coloradoan: March 10


Denver Post: March 10


Colorado drilling slowdown set to lead to April drop in oil production 

Denver Post: March 12


Colorado Is the Latest State to Consider the 'Utility of the Future'

Greentech Media: March 12


Colorado Legislature Poised For A Look At Oil & Gas Health Impacts

KUNC: March 13


General Business

Guest Commentary The "right to discriminate" law is wrong for Colorado

The Denver Post: March 9


Colorado Couple Trying to Get Permanent Daylight Saving Time on Ballot

KKTV 11 News: March 9


Denver Post: March 9


Colorado Victory: Discriminatory Legislation Does Not Progress in Legislature

Human Rights Campaign: March 10


Colorado Powdered Alcohol Bill: When is a Ban Not Really a Ban?

Food Safety News: March 10


Microbead ban nears final approval in Colorado

9NEWS: March 10


Colorado company named among world's most ethical

Denver Business Journal: March 10


Regulatory reform is rolling in Colorado Legislature, but a big House obstacle is in the way

Denver Business Journal: March 11


Denver Business Journal: March 11


Biosimilars bill approved by Colorado Legislature

Denver Business Journal: March 11


National spotlight returns to Denver, with focus on innovation 

Denver Post: March 12


Club 20 appoints new executive director

The Colorado Statesman: March 13


Denver Post: March 13


Denver Business Journal: March 13


Denver Business Journal: March 13


CPR: March 13


Denver Business Journal: March 13


Health Care

Denver Post: March 10


Denver Post: March 10



Republicans show rift on immigration at Iowa agriculture forum

Denver Post: March 9



Obama's TechHire program coming to Colorado, legislator announces

The Denver Post: March 9


Now up in the Colorado Legislature: A battle over working mothers' rights

Denver Business Journal: March 10


Equal pay for equal work

The Denver Post: March 10


Denver Post: March 10


Denver Business Journal: March 10


Denver Post: March 11


Colorado House passes bill to extend Pay Equity Commission 

Denver Business Journal: March 12


Cover story preview: Workforce-development bills offer blueprint for bipartisan success in Legislature 

Denver Business Journal: March 12


Minimum wage, maximum disagreement

The Colorado Independent: March 13



Denver Post: March 10


Record harvest from January pot sales brings $2.3 million for schools 

Denver Post: March 12



Denver Business Journal: March 11


RTD chief Phil Washington leaving for L.A. transit post 

Denver Business Journal: March 12


Guest Commentary: The facts about Colorado highway funding 

Denver Post: March 12


Snow tire bill passes Colorado House

Tire Business: March 13


Denver Post: March 13

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