Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on December 1, 2015
To give state and local government agencies the power to enter into joint operating arrangements with a particular business for purposes of building transportation facilities; water, sewer, power, or communications utilities; hospitals, courts, jails, parks, and more; or to do anything else that “serves a public purpose.” These operations would benefit from the government partner's tax exemptions and its power to impose property tax levies, borrow, take private property using eminent domain, levy tolls and user fees and more. Among (many) other things this would authorize new toll roads or “toll lanes.” The government agency involved could choose the private sector actor without necessarily having to accept the lowest bid. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Commerce Committee on December 1, 2015
Reported in the Senate on October 18, 2016
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
To give state and local government agencies the power to enter into joint operating arrangements with a particular business for purposes of building a hospital or transportation facilities, with the Hertel amendments added.
Received in the House on December 1, 2016
Referred to the House Commerce and Trade Committee on December 1, 2016