The Sum & Substance

A look at two diverging approaches to affordable housing this session

As Colorado legislators seek solutions to the state’s affordable-housing crisis, the contrast between two proposals that played out Monday at the Capitol shows how wide a gulf there is between market- and government-centered proposals.

In the morning, the House, as expected, passed HB 1115, which would repeal the state’s 42-year-old ban on local laws that allow for rent control or rent stabilization. Approved on a 40-24 vote, with five Democrats joining all the chamber’s Republicans in opposing it, the high-profile bill faces a perilous path through the Senate, where one prominent Democrat predicted last week that it won’t make it out of the chamber.

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