House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee rubber-stamped a bipartisan agreement to make it more difficult for trial lawyers to bullrush homeowner associations into construction defects lawsuits, passing House Bill 1279 (SUPPORT) on a unanimous vote after adopting several amendments.
As a result, Colorado law will continue to allow plaintiffs and their attorneys to collect "phantom damages" on medical bills that do not reflect the true
cost of treatment and to receive 8% or 9% interest per year on those claims.
Ironically, one of the witnesses arguing against SB 181 acknowledged that his medical finance business would cease to exist if clients could no longer
sue for phantom damages.
Simultaneously, House Local Government Committee endured a 10-hour hearing
on a single bill, Rep. Joe Salazar's (D-Thornton) perennial "Right to Rest Act" - aka, the Homeless Right to Sue.
Citing the potential for expansive litigation against local governments, Reps. Paul Rosenthal (D-Denver) and Matt Gray (D-Broomfield) courageously voted
against the bill, joined by the committee's six Republicans.
Representatives of cities testified
that the bill would strike down bans on "urban
camping," thereby depriving the public of safe use of city parks and denying customers access to businesses.
Unpersuaded by concerns of people who want to enjoy clean parks funded by taxpayers and to shop safely, Rep. Salazar took to social media to condemn his
own colleagues for not marching in lockstep with his prescription.