Senator Gardner, co prime sponsor, explained SB18-015. The bill creates an alternate process to remove an unauthorized person (occupant) from a residential property and associated civil and criminal penatlies for certain prohibited behavior. The owner of his or her authorized agent (declarant) must provide to law enforcement a declaration that provides certain information in order to request that law enforcement remove the trespasser.
Senatoor Gardner explained that squatting is very serious problem throughout the state. He continued that this problem is especially prevalent near miliary bases and happens when a service member is deployed. He explained that current eviction laws are inadequate and untimely, and the bill outlines an alternative, more responsive process for dealing with squatters.