Bruce Defends Voting On Landlord-Tenant Bill

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Denver (AP) Rep. Douglas Bruce has voted against a bill cracking down on landlords, even though he owns rental property and didn't disclose that fact to other lawmakers.

Bruce said Thursday he had no obligation to abstain from voting or formally disclose that he's a landlord.

He says he's part of a broad class of landlords and his vote didn't benefit him personally.

Rep. Alice Madden, the house majority leader, says two other lawmakers recused themselves from voting and Bruce should have too.

The bill passed 37 to 25 and now goes to the senate.

It requires rental units to have such basics as a good roof, hot and cold water and a functioning sewer system. It would also make it easier for tenants to get out of leases.