Legislative Issues

Denver_capital2Our active Legislative committee continually fights for the CRA membership to reform and improve the contracting community and our rights by keeping members informed as well as represented at the Capitol.

VOICE. . .

The most important aspect of any work at the Capitol is keeping our voice heard. Through our individual efforts and working with other construction and business associations and groups, our state legislators know that Colorado Roofing Association exists and have acted based on CRA member input.

ACTION . . .

2012: The Consumer Protection/Residential Roofing Bill became law with the passage of SB12-038, ‘Concerning measures to protect consumers who engage a roofing contractor to perform roofing services on residential property.’ Governor Hickenlooper signed the legislation on 6/6/12. Effective immediately, the legislation will improve the way residential roofing contractors do business in Colorado while providing basic protection to homeowners.

SB38SigningAdded to Article 22 of the Colorado Revised Statues, SB-38 provisions include specific written contract language requirements, a contract rescission clause, clarification of existing Colorado Statutes prohibiting the payment / waiving / rebating of insurance deductibles and several other items that will safeguard consumers on one of the most important investments a person will ever make – their home.

Please read the one-page SB38 FACTSHEET that we hope will help members (and non-members) of the roofing industry better understand the legislation concerning residential roofing contractors and SB38 – the Consumer Protection Bill signed into law on 6/6/12.

For the protocol on reporting roofing contractors violating the new SB38 roofing laws and their penalties, view the Reporting Penalties document.

2011: Roofer Registration, SB11-207. In 2010, the Colorado Roofing Association submitted a sunrise application to the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to consider a licensing or registration program. DORA’s review revealed that Colorado consumers suffer millions in losses due to unscrupulous roofing contractors. DORA subsequently recommended and Colorado roofers supported an important consumer protection program requiring roofing contractors to register, take and pass an examination, post a surety bond and obtain liability insurance.

The Roofer Registration Bill SB11-207, drafted by the CRA and sponsored by Senator Lois Tochtrop, successfully made its way through Senate committee hearings but was unexpectedly killed on the floor of the Senate late in the session.

April 27, 2011 – In an entirely unexpected turn of events this morning, the Colorado Senate voted to kill SB11-207 – “Roofer Registration.” The bill was not killed on the merits, but rather got caught up in the larger politics of immigration reform.  Click here for additional information including a bill summary, a link to the draft of the bill, factsheet, FAQ and contact information.

2007: Pro-Rata Liability became law with the passage of SB07-087, ‘Concerning a Prohibition Against the Shifting of Financial Responsibility for Negligence in Construction Agreements.’ Governor Ritter signed the legislation after four years of hard work and communication by the ASA, CCRC and other industry groups, stating that the law would be good for Colorado business. The CRA’s continued work on this effort helped return some fairness and equity to the construction industry.

2003: The CRA was instrumental in the passage of the Construction Defect Reform Act (HB03-1161), setting new requirements and limitations in construction defect litigation. Practical use of this legislation has already come into play in the roofing industry.

INFORMATION . . .

The following websites are excellent sources of information, from locating your legislators to keeping up-to-date on current bills and issues.

  • www.vote-smart.org – Using your 9-digit zip code, find all of your legislators and their contact info.
  • www.leg.state.co.us – Home page of the Colorado General Assembly. Current session information.
  • www.asacolorado.com – American Subcontractor’s Assoc. “Risk Management Newsletter” recommended for contract language information, legislative updates & more.
  • www.nfib.com/colorado – NFIB Colorado. Information on a wide variety of current issues in our State.

Please refer back to this page for time-sensitive information and action alerts throughout each Colorado legislative session (Jan-May). With your help, we can continue to work together for positive changes in the construction industry.