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West Steamboat Neighborhoods Land Deal Appears Dead

As first reported in the Steamboat Pilot. . .

After six years of discussions, intense negotiations and a public vote, developers of the West Steamboat Neighborhoods project said they have not been able to “close the deal” on purchasing property for the proposed housing development from Steamboat 700, according to a four-page project update memo sent to Stea...

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Routt County Commissioners Evaluate Local Economic Impact of COVID

A series of presentations on the state of the local and broader economy at the Routt County Board of Commissioners in late July revealed few surprises for the county leaders, but just as scant was the amount of good news amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the real estate market remains active, unemployment is up. The job market is down. Uncertai...

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Fire Restrictions Now in Place in Routt County – Pandemic Causes Complications

Routt County’s emergency director is asking the public to stay vigilant during fire season as the extra burden of a pandemic is bound to complicate any disasters.

“We’re taking precautions to be sure everyone’s aware and taking this seriously, so we’re not compounding any COVID issues out there,” said David “Mo” DeMorat, the county’...

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Council Approves 500K for Next Housing Project

Members of the Steamboat Springs City Council voted this past week to award the Yampa Valley Housing Authority $500,000 for its next housing development in the city.

The approval came with a stipulation that the Routt County Board of Commissioners also allocate funds toward the project. The funds would come from the existing Community Housing Fund, which currently...

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Sign Code Changes at Planning Board; then on to City Council

As you’ve surely heard, Steamboat Springs is updating their municipal sign code to conform with guidelines that came from a Supreme Court ruling in 2015 that prohibited signs from being regulated based on “content”. What that means is that “1-800-Buy Junk” signs cannot be treated any differently in the sign code as real estate directional signs, temporary advertis...

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Public Policy/Government Affairs Report During the COVID-19 Crisis

SSBR members,

I sincerely hope you and your families are all safe and sound and doing as well as can be expected in these crazy times. Rest assured that SSBR, the Colorado Association of REALTORS® and NAR are doing everything we can to protect your business in the public policy sector, and to make sure there are resources available to those wh...

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Limiting Statewide Growth: Initiative #122

Four petition firms have registered to gather signatures to put Initiative 122 on the November ballot, according to the Secretary of State's Office. Proponents have until June 5th to gather at least 150,000 valid signatures.

If you are approached and asked to sign a petition, please be aware of and fully understand what it is that you're signing. Initiative 122 would ...

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Hayden Mayor to Run for Routt County Commission

Mayor Tim Redmond announced his campaign during a speech in front of the Hayden Town Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 29. He is vying for the District 2 seat, currently held by Commissioner Doug Monger.

Redmond described three main issues he plans to focus on in his campaign: mental health, water and — most importantly, in his view — economic diversification.

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Steamboat Council Enacts Moratorium on Releases from Deed Restrictions

As first reported in the Steamboat Pilot, Steamboat Springs City Council agreed to issue a moratorium on releasing any deed restrictions on housing units. The matter came up in an early January meeting not as a vote, but as a request from city staff on guidance regarding a handful of recent requests for release.

Council members discussed at...

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First City Wide Property Tax Since 1978 Approved in Steamboat

Citizens of Steamboat Springs approved ballot measure 2A passed last week, instituting a 2-mill municipal property tax to find fire and emergency services. The measure earned 2,882 “yes” votes to 1,831 “no” votes. While other entities levy property taxes on buildings in city limits, the city hasn’t been the beneficiary of a property tax since 1978.


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2020 Community Support Funding Hits $550,000 Mark

An estimated half-a-million-dollars is anticipated to be available through the City of Steamboat Springs Community Support Funding, housed at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, for the upcoming year.

“We live in a generous community; but as we see each year, our needs and the people who benefit from these programs continue to rise dramatically,” said Mark ...

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The Steamboat Springs City Council reclent directed city staff to pursue an ordinance eliminating excise taxes and permit fees for solar installations.

The city collected less than $5,000 in excise taxes in the last two years. The city charges a 1.2% excise tax on construction in city limits, which is levied on the construction value. Permit fees for solar installation are regulated by the state and are set at $500 for residential ...

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Public Comments Sought for Steamboat Airport Master Plan

After numerous meetings, open houses and public input, the Steamboat Springs Airport Master Plan project team has released the preferred alternative recommendation, the next phase of the master plan project.

Comments and review of efforts to date is incredibly important to making a plan that will serve the needs of the airport and the community now and i...

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Déjà vu All Over Again – Town Talking with Ski Corp about Howelsen

It appears that City Council and Ski Corp are again in negotiations about Howelsen Hill operations.

Apparently, there have been high-level discussions between Ski Corp. and a two-person City Council sub-committee made up of Jason Lacy and Sonja Macys about operations of the historic ski hill in downtown Steamboat. The item was discussed at Ci...

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Local News – BLM Seeking Nominations for Advisory Board

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public nominations for its northwest resource advisory council, which consists of 15 residents with diverse interests in public land management, including conservationists, ranchers, outdoor recreationalists, state and local government officials and energy industry representatives.

The council provides advice to t...

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Fire District Funding Options on Agenda at City Council

Town council will hear a presentation this week from a citizen’s committee whose task is to consider different funding options for the Steamboat Springs Area Fire Protection District.

Last year, the Fire Protection District sought an election to allow city voters to decide if they would be included within the district’s boundaries. The move would’ve incr...

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Council Says No to Six Unrelated People In Multifamily Housing Units

In a move that will likely lead to a new debate on a current ordinance, City Council decided last week that six unrelated people are not considered a family in multifamily housing units such as apartments and condominiums.

A change to the definition in city code was proposed after the city received a complaint of a code violation last year at...

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Commercial Airline Proposal Fails by Narrow Margin

A measure designed to recreate a program that guaranteed the attractiveness of air travel to the area failed on Tuesday night by 32 votes in an election that saw around 7000 votes cast. The referendum, supported by SSBR, called for increasing the sales tax rate in the city of Steamboat Springs by 0.2 percent for the next 10 years. The tax would have generated an estimated $1...

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October 11th Meeting Set for Public Input on Downtown Steamboat Plan

The Steamboat Planning Commission will host a public work session on the plan during a meeting that starts at 5 p.m. Oct. 11 in Centennial Hall. The downtown plan is the third item on the agenda. Former city planning director Tyler Gibbs is serving as a consultant to develop the final downtown plan.

Ultimately, zoning code is developed from ...

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Citizen Focus Group Input for New Fire Station Sought

The deadline for applying to participate in the Focus Group to provide input on proposed locations for a new Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Station has been extended to Thursday, September 13.

Those interested in participating in the focus group should send a letter of interest via email to Deputy Fire Chief Chuck Cerasoli at ccerasoli@steamboatsprings.net...

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Steamboat Council Considers November Ballot Proposal for Downtown Improvement District

Steamboat Springs City Council have begun discussions that might lead to a property tax issue on the November ballot to fund the downtown improvement district, which was formed in 2007 but has never been funded after tax proposals failed in 2014 and 2016.

The property tax would be used to fund a wide range of services in the...

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Downtown Vision is the Topic of July Steamboat Conversations
The community is invited to participate in a discussion about the downtown plan during the July Steamboat Conversations from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, July 12, at the Steamboat Art Museum (801 Lincoln Avenue).

In addition to the Conversations Session, Planning & Communit...

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Overlook Park Development Begins – Will Eventually Bring New Homes Online in West Steamboat
Work began this month on the long-awaited Overlook Park residential subdivision in West Steamboat, which was approved a decade ago for 140 lots on 70 acres just west of the existing West End Village subdivision.

Bob Zibell, who purchased the dormant project from Yampa Valley Electric Association in January 2018 for $3.28 millio...

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North Routt Fire District Awaits Election Results for More Funding

The North Routt Fire Protection District sent out more than 600 ballots as part of a special election. In addition to voting in new board members, voters are being asked whether to increase the mill levy to hire more staff and whether they support additional taxes to offset future financial impacts from the Gallagher Amendment.

In North Routt, ...

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Survey to Ask Citizens for Input on Howelsen Hill and Parks

Steamboat Springs is again seeking public input from home owners on the future of Howelsen Hill and future desires for the area parks system. The city this week mailed out 3,000 surveys which ask residents to weigh in on specific conceptual plans for Howelsen that call for changes ranging from a new performing stage to the removal of softball fields to make way for ...

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Government Affairs Report - Nick Bokone, SSBR Political Consultant

Hayden spends money to Advertise Affordable Housing Options

As home prices skyrocket and become difficult to obtain for some in Steamboat Springs, the town 25 miles west has launched a marketing campaign aimed at luring development and families to the Hayden community. This year, the town has set aside about $6,000 for advertising.

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Steamboat to Consider Property Tax Money for Fire Protection

City officials have started meeting with the Steamboat Springs Area Fire Protection District to lay the groundwork for a possible ballot initiative that would ask Steamboat voters to pay for their firefighting and EMS services with a new property tax.

The move would create a unified fire district with all district residents paying the same tax for em...

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Yampa Valley Housing Authority Ready to Move Forward with Plans for Affordable Housing

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority could select the development partner, or partners, it will rely upon to deliver on its promise to the voters of building more affordable apartment projects as soon as ths week when it meets to listen to proposals from interested companies.

On Jan. 11, just 65 days after the 2017 election, ...

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November Coffee with Council Takes On Town Hall Format

Join Councilman Scott Ford and other available councilmembers for Coffee with Council scheduled for Friday, November 10 from 7:30am to 9:00am. The November town hall session brings an open question format into the hall as well as discusses election results and City Council priorities for the next two years.

Coffee with Council sessions are typically held ...

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Routt and Eagle County Democrats Set to Meet to Pick Interim State Legislator
State Representative Diane Mitsch Bush is resigning from her state legislative seat to run against Congressman Scott Tifton, and Democratic party officials have announced a structure to find her replacement.

They’ll meet in Yampa on October 28th to interview people interested in running for the seat. The Representative’s decision kicks off ano...

Steamboat Updating Its Community Development Code


The Steamboat Springs Community Development Code (CDC) is undergoing a reorganization and update to consolidate all provisions and enforcement authority into one article, resolve conflicts, gaps and inconsistencies and improve the clarity and brevity of the overall code. The process will culminate with the adoption of the updated code in late October.

The purpose of the CDC is to set forth a unified regulatory program for develop...

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City Council Hears Howelsen Hill Vision, Considers Next Steps

At their August 1st regularly scheduled meeting, Steamboat Springs City Council heard an hour-long presentation from Boulder based consultants The SC Group on the possible future of the Howelsen Hill recreational area.

Members of council liked some parts of the consultant's vision for the area while not liking others and considered what to do next. Aft...

Former Routt County Commissioner Running for Congress


Current Democratic State Representative and former longtime Routt County Commissioner and Diane Mitsch Bush of Steamboat Springs has announced plans to challenge Republican Congressman Scott Tipton for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District seat in the 2018 election.

Mitsch Bush was first elected to the statehouse in 2012. She currently serves as chairwoman of the House Transportation Committee and vice chair of the House Agriculture,...

SSBR Working to be a part of Downtown Steamboat Revitalization


The Steamboat Springs Board of REALTORS® is working hard to find our place in the downtown revitalization project currently taking place in Steamboat.

Through the National Association of REALTORS®’ Placemaking Initiative, money is available to local REALTOR® associations such as ours to build community gathering areas that fit well into a larger cohesive project. Things such as small parks or parklets, trail heads, community gatheri...

Planning Forms and Applications Going Digital May 1st


Steamboat’s Planning Department is rolling out updated development application forms intended to streamline the overall process, provide digital capabilities and enhance departmental resources for applicants. The new program takes effect May 1st.

The new suite of development application forms include: one simplified application for all processes; digital submittal capabilities; dynamic submittal requirements customizable to each pro...

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Sine Die!

Wednesday, May 6th, the final gavel came down on the first session of the 70th General Assembly. In total, 682 bills were introduced. CAR tracked 71 bills this year and took a position on 36 of them. A split Legislature this year with Republicans controlling the Senate and Democrats controlling the House meant every bill sent to the Governor for his signature had to have bipartisan support.

The Legislati...

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The Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) OPPOSES SB15-284, Voter Approval TIF Payments Ag Land, by Senate President Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs), Senate Majority Leader Mark Scheffel (R-Parker), Representative Ed Vigil (D-San Luis) and Representative Paul Lundeen (R-Monument). This legislation is designed specifically to kill the Gaylord Rockies Hotel and Conference Center. The late bill p...

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CALL FOR ACTION- Senate Bill 177

SB15-177, HOA Construction Defect Lawsuit Approval Timelines, has been scheduled for a hearing on Monday, April 27th, in the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee. This committee is known as the “kill” committee. Now is the time to act by responding to our Call for Action! Now is the time to convey to your legislator why it is imperative that we remove this barrier to attainable ...

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Senate Bill 177- Construction Defects Reform PASSED the Senate

SB15-177, HOA Construction Defect Lawsuit Approval Timelines, passed the Senate on 3rd reading this week with bipartisan support on a vote of 24-11. We are expecting it to be introduced in the House in the coming days. Please click here to urge your State Representatives to allow SB 177 a Fair Hearing in the House.

We will be releasing a follow up C...

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HB 1343 HOA Manager Licensing Reform

HB15-1343, Streamline HOA Manager Licensing Requirements, by Representative Angela Williams (D-Denver) and Senator Nancy Todd (D-Aurora), was SUPPORTED today by the Legislative Policy Committee (LPC). The primary motivation for REALTORS® desiring to amend the HOA manager licensing law is to exclude from licensure any CEOs, managing brokers or other brokerage executives that do not perform nor d...

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SB 210 Title Insurance Commission

The Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) voted to SUPPORT SB15-210, Title Insurance Commission, by Senator Laura Woods (R-Arvada) and Representative Jeni Arndt (D-Fort Collins). The bill creates the Title Insurance Commission in the Division of Insurance (division) in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) as a Type 1 agency for the purposes of:

proposing, advising, and recomme...

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Mid-Session Update

With a little over a month left in the legislative session this year, we want to take some time to update you on the progress of the bills we have been monitoring. The Legislative Policy Committee has reviewed 57 bills and has taken a position on 25 of them. We are in SUPPORT on 15, NEUTRAL on 5, and OPPOSED on 5. With the Long Bill being introduced and taken up next week in the Senate, many of our bills with ...

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SB 177- Construction Defects Passes First Senate Committee

After a long afternoon with over 7 hours of testimony, SB 177 passed out of the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee by a vote of 6-2 with one excused. We would like to thank these senators for their votes in favor of this much needed legislation: Committee Chair Senator David Balmer, Committee Vice Chair Senator Chris Holbert, Senator Randy Baumgardner, Senator...

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Tell your legislators to Support SB177!

Urge your State Legislators to SUPPORT SENATE BILL 177—Fix the Defect in Colorado’s Construction Law

A big hurdle to building more entry-level housing is a defect in state law that exposes homebuilders and homeowners to a high risk of expensive, time-consuming litigation. It is referred to as the construction defects law. It has created a climate that puts the chill on new cons...

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Senate Bill 177- Construction Defects

We expect CAR SUPPORTED SB 15-177 to be calendared within the next week or so in the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee. Because of this, we urge you to continue to share the Call for Action. Communicating our positions with our legislators is a vital component in representative democracy, and participating in this Call for Action is an easy way to do that.

CAR is ...

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CALL FOR ACTION- Support Senate Bill 177

We still need participants in the Call for Action to urge your State Legislators to SUPPORT SB15-177, HOA Construction Defect Lawsuit Approval Timelines. If you did not receive this email, or you would like to be able to forward this alert to your colleagues/clients/etc., please click here.

CAR is a member of the Homeownership Opportunity Alliance (HOA), a coalition of loca...

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REALTOR® Day was a success!

Thank you so much to everyone who attended REALTOR® Day at the Capitol this past Tuesday. We had over 200 attendees from across the state, and had a very successful day speaking with our legislators. We'd like to thank special guest US Senator Cory Gardner for being our speaker. We would also like to extend sincere appreciation to Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and members from Colorado Sec...

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SOLD OUT! REALTOR® Day at the Capitol: Tuesday, February 17th

2015 REALTOR® Day at the Capitol is SOLD OUT. We will be having no on-site registration for this event. For our attendees, we are looking forward to seeing you Tuesday morning. We will begin with an optional morning program where you can observe the House or Senate floorwork at 9AM. Lunch will begin promptly at 11:30AM with our Keynote being delivered by Special Gue...

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LAST DAY for Pre-Registration Pricing! REALTOR® Day at the Capitol: Tuesday, February 17th

Today is the LAST DAY to register at the $55 rate. Tomorrow, registration costs increase to $65. We are selling out quickly, and will most likely not have any on-site registration, so please don’t delay! Don't miss the 2015 REALTOR® Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 17 at the McNichols Civic Center Building and the State Capitol. Th...

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SPOTS FILLING UP! REALTOR® Day at the Capitol: Tuesday, February 17th

We are selling out quickly, and will most likely not have any on-site registration, so please don’t delay! Don't miss the 2015 REALTOR® Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 17 at the McNichols Civic Center Building and the State Capitol. This year, we have Special Guest Speaker U.S. Senator Cory Garder delivering our Keynote Address at the luncheon. This is...

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The 70th General Assembly Kicks Off in 2015

The first gavel of the 70th General Assembly came down Wednesday, January 7th ushering in a new batch of legislative leadership, as well as a record number of new legislators – 29 – who took their initial oaths of office. Throughout the upcoming weeks, we will be introducing you to each of the new legislators in our Capitol Connections.

House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghors...

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Sine Die!

Wednesday, May 7, the final gavel came down on the second session of the 69th General Assembly. In total, 621 bills were introduced. CAR tracked 66 bills this year and took a position on 32 of them. As we are busy preparing for the 2014 elections, many are noting the bipartisan nature of a large majority of the bills signed by the Governor. For property owners, and REALTORS®, the 2014 session contained more positives ...

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HB 1373 Senior and Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption

LPC voted to SUPPORT HB 14-1373, Concerning individuals who may claim the property tax exemption for qualifying seniors and disabled veterans. This bill modifies the state's Homestead Exemption to extend its benefits to certain individuals who are not eligible under current law. Specifically, the bill permits the following owners of residential property to claim the exempt...

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CAR initiated HB 14-1136, which effectively provides a state licensing agency, such as the Real Estate Commission, the authority to approve education programs from providers of CE toward its licensees without an additional layer of approval from the Department of Higher Education. The legislation also removes the restriction of membership among trade associations offering education programs. In each scenario, the program must be consistent with...

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Construction Defects Legislation

The LPC met Wednesday and thoroughly discussed construction defects draft legislation before deciding to SUPPORT the draft. CAR will also join the coalition Homeownership Opportunity Alliance (HOA), a consortium of affordable housing, business, real estate and local government representatives; formed to help meet the demands of home buyers, increasing the supply of affordable housing, promoting the...

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HB 1254 Regarding HOA Fees, Including Transfer Fees, Passes Its Final Vote

CAR supported HB14-1254, Concerning a requirement to disclose fees charged to a unit owners’ association by a community association manager, passed its final hurdle as the House concurred with the Senate’s amendments and voted to repass HB-1254. The bill requires a licensed community association manager who provides services for a Homeowners' Association (HO...

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HB 1136 Passes the Senate on Third Reading

CAR sponsored HB14-1136, Concerning exempting a continuing professional education program that is approved by a state professional licensing board from regulation by the division of private occupational schools in the department of higher education, passed third reading in the Senate and is waiting for the Governor’s signature. CAR is running this piece of legislation due to a bill from l...

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Colorado Budget Forecast

The quarterly economic forecast was released Tuesday. CAR is tracking 11 bills that have been stalled in Appropriations waiting for the release of this forecast. While this report is showing some growth, not every tax incentive bill that has been introduced in the Legislature will have funding. It is still unclear how the Legislature will prioritize these bills; however, we will know more what this prior...