Metro North Chamber supports ‘cure’ to construction defects

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    WESTMINSTER — The Metro North Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday it voted through its Business & Governmental Affairs Committee to support a Colorado legislative proposal that would allow developers to “cure” issues in connection with possible construction defects in transit-oriented, multi-family housing units.
     Senate Bill 13-052, sponsored by State Sen. Mark Scheffel (R-Sedalia) and State Rep. Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland), would allow a business to repair any construction defects in a transit-oriented development; and would set up a system of arbitration, to discourage costly litigation.
     The Chamber also announced it supports House Bills 13-1009, 13-1015 and 13-1025; and opposes Senate Bill 13-018.
    • HB 1009, sponsored by Rep. DelGrosso and Sen. Cheri Jahn (D-Wheat Ridge), would allow a person or business who overpays the state sales and use tax to apply for a refund within three years of the date of the purchase.
    • HB 1015, sponsored by Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp (D-Arvada) and Sen. John Kefalas (D-Fort Collins), would repeal the law that prohibits small group health plans from disclosing mental health history, etc., without the written consent of the insured person.
    • HB 1025, sponsored by Sen. Jahn and Rep. Spencer Swalm (R-Centennial), would increase the amount of authorized deductible in worker’s compensation claims.
    • SB 18, sponsored by Sen. Jessie Ulibarri (D-Commerce City) and Rep. Randy Fischer (D-Fort Collins), would restrict employers from using consumer credit scores as a basis upon which to make hiring decisions for unrelated positions.
    For a full list of all Metro North Chamber positions on various bills, go to the Chamber’s website, MetroNorthChamber.com, and click on the “Advocacy” button.