DENVER — The bill lifting the state preemption on rent control cleared the state House on Monday, but its future as it heads to the state Senate is up in the air.
Under current law, the state bans rent control through a mechanism that doesn't allow local governments to adopt rent control or rent stabilization policies. House Bill 1115 would lift the state preemption, allowing local governments to impose it if they choose to do so, according to Rep. Javier Mabrey, D-Denver, one of the bill’s prime sponsors.
HB 1115 passed on a 40-24 vote in the state House on Monday, with five Democrats – representing Colorado Springs, Durango, Denver, Westminster and Highlands Ranch – voting “no,” along with the chamber’s 19 Republicans.
When the bill came up for second reading debate last Friday, all eyes were on what the sponsors might do to make the bill palatable to the governor, who is "skeptical" about the need for rent control.
> The video above aired on Feb. 17: Bill proposes rent control, protections for tenants
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