By Mark Hillman
Former Senate Majority Leader and State Treasurer 

Capital Review

Lawmakers abandon common sense for legal chaos


March 15, 2023

Last year, the Colorado General Assembly demonstrated the good sense to pass Senate Bill 115, recognizing that property owners are not liable for actions committed on their property by criminals. It didn’t matter, legislators agreed, if the property owner operated a controversial business. Ultimate responsibility for harm rests with the person who pulled the trigger.

This bipartisan legislation, which passed the Senate 34-0 and the House 64-1, came in response to a lawsuit arising from the 2015 shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs. A 2021 shooting at a Boulder...

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