Will this be the year our legislature’s will reach a positive resolution on the Construction Defect Issue.
In our January profile of incoming House speaker Crisanta Duran, I wrote that in 2017, the veteran legislator's to-do list included her intention to "craft legislation that's as bipartisan as possible."
It didn't take long to test that projection. On the first day of the new legislative session, Duran and new Senate president Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City) announced a compromise around the construction defects issue that has beleaguered Denver's condominium market and flummoxed local and state lawmakers for years.
The proposed bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Cole Wist (R-Centennial) and Senator Angela Williams (D-Denver), so it's doubly bipartisan. If passed, it would take a new tack on construction defects by focusing on insurers, allowing them to share legal costs more equitably when facing a claim.