Nikolaus Remus

So, what does it look like for architects so far? In a word, quiet.

This isn’t that surprising, given that it’s the first time since 2013 that a single party has had both legislative majorities and the governor’s mansion. The result is that both parties are introducing (and reintroducing) bills that cater to their respective bases. So far, we have chosen not to take a formal position, but we have ┬áidentified a few bills that may be of interest to AIA Colorado members.

HB19-1003: Community Solar Gardens Modernization Act

This bill, which just passed out of its first committee hearing, would allow both larger community solar installations and more flexibility on where they can be located. If you work on LEED projects or have an interest in sustainability in general, this may be a bill worth paying attention to.

HB19-1008: Include Career and Technical Education in Building Excellent Schools Today Program

If passed, technical education programs will qualify for BEST grants in K-12 schools. While these programs can be on a wide variety of subjects, the hope is that these programs will encourage students to enter building trades in particular. This could help the subcontractor shortage that’s contributing to higher construction costs.

HB19-1078: Landowner Consent Listing National Register

The National Register of Historic Places requires a majority of owners to support a property being added to the register as part of the application process. This bill would require every owner for properties in Colorado to consent to the application. While this is unlikely to affect architect’s work directly, the change will affect how many properties are added to the historic register in the future.

 

These are the highlights so far this session. If there are any other bills you have questions about, don’t hesitate to contact nikolaus@aiacolorado.org.