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Legislative Committee Bill Reports
Learn more about the current bills presented in the legislative session that impact the housing industry and what position Housing Colorado is taking on each bill. The 2019 legislative session began January 4th and adjourned May 3rd. Check back here for weekly bill reports.
JBC Fact Sheet: Learn more details about the Division of Housing's budget allocation and Housing Development Grants (HDG) line as presented to the Joint Budget Committee. Then, contact your legislator and let them know why funding for affordable housing is important to you.
Affordable Housing Tax Credits Fact Sheet: Learn more about the extension of the Affordable Housing Tax Credits (formerly LIHTC) and contact your legislator to tell them why you support the bill. Take a look at the Fact Sheet produced by CHFA, which Housing Colorado has signed onto in support.
Affordable Homeownership Development Tax Credits: Learn more about this program to incentivize philanthropic giving to nonprofits developing affordable for-sale homes.
For members of Housing Colorado, watch our Advocacy 101 webinar to learn more about how to build effective advocacy skills or explore our 2018 Issues Briefing to see which policies are on the table this legislative session and Housing Colorado's position on each.
Colorado General Assembly
Housing Colorado carefully monitors all legislation introduced during the regular session of the Colorado General Assembly. Using the annually-adopted policy priories of the organization, the Legislative Committee evaluates each bill for its direct and indirect impact on the affordable housing industry. When necessary, Housing Colorado mobilizes members and partners throughout the state to take action on legislation by contacting their state representatives.
Federal Policy & Congress
As a state coalition partner of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, we keep our members informed of key developments in Congress, include the annual budget development process and allocations to critical federal programs that directly impact resources available to the affordable housing industry. View a complete list of primary policy issues currently monitored by NLIHC.
HB17-1309 Documentary Fee to Fund Affordable Housing
After a generally successful 2017 session, HB17-1309 Documentary Fee to Fund Affordable Housing died on a party line vote in the Senate State Affairs committee with Sen. Court and Sen. Fenberg voting in support. We thank all the legislators who worked tirelessly to move this bill forward, particularly House sponsors, Rep. Jackson and Rep. Winter, for getting the bill of the ground and fine tuning all the details along the way. We also thank Sen. Guzman and Sen. Coram for their work rallying bipartisan support around the funding concept. And a final thanks to all the community members and housing advocates who followed this issue throughout the session, reaching out to legislators to voice your support and share the positive impacts of these potential funds. We encourage everyone to maintain open communications with their legislators throughout the remainder of the year, continuing to share the need for a statewide affordable housing trust fund.
In a marathon session approaching midnight on March 29th, 2017 state Senators debated and subsequently passed the FY17-18 Long Bill. After passing the House, the final budget enacted by the Governor included $8.2 million in funding for the Affordable Housing Grants Line Item. Additionally, $15.3 million was transfered from the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund to the Division of Housing for homeless prevention and permanent supportive housing programs.
Construction Defects Legislation
Housing Colorado supports HB17-1279 Construction Defect Action Notice Vote Approval. Find out more about the problems construction defects pose to the affordable housing industry and how this bill mitigates those issues by viewing the Housing Colorado HB17-1279 Fact Sheet.This bipartisan bill passed the House on a vote of 64-0 and the Senate 33-0 and was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper on May 23rd, 2017.
Historic Legislative Committee Bill Reports from Recent Years