As expected, last Friday House Bill 18-1175 (HB 1175) was introduced in the Colorado House of Representatives. The co-prime sponsors in the House are Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp (D-Jefferson County), Chair of the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee where the bill has been assigned, and Representative Dan Thurlow (R-Mesa County).
As I mentioned in my January 30th blog posting, the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee approved introduction of the HB 1175 which would extend the community association manager licensure program for an additional five years. With the exception of a recommendation from DORA that the Director of the Division of Real Estate be authorized to establish renewal fees for management companies, the Committee directed that all of the other recommendations from the DORA Sunset Review be included in the bill. Those recommendations include:
1. Continue the CAM licensure program for five years, until 2023;
2. Amend the definitions of “community association management” and “Community Association Manager,” and authorize the Director of the Division of Real Estate to promulgate rules clarifying the supervision requirements for support staff who are providing clerical, ministerial, accounting or maintenance functions to a licensee and specify any activities that would trigger support staff to be licensed;
3. Amend the supervision requirements for the Apprentice License and require the Director of the Division of Real Estate to define by rule the appropriate level of supervision related to specific activities of an Apprentice and detail any supervision requirements that are necessary to protect the public;
4. Repeal any references to private, professional credentials and authorize the Director of the Division of Real Estate to approve, by rule, any credentials, examinations or education deemed equivalent or superior to the education and examination otherwise required by the Director; and
5. Enhance the due process protections of a cease and desist order.
HB 1175 has not yet been scheduled for a hearing before the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee. However, since that very Committee approved introduction of the legislation, it is expected the hearing will simply be a formality.
All expectations are that HB 1175 will enjoy bipartisan support in both the House and Senate and the community association manager licensure program will be renewed for another 5 years.