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2015 Senate Bill 627: Authorize “public-private partnerships” with broad powers and scope
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.
Failed 18 to 19 in the Senate on November 29, 2016.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
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.
Moved to reconsider by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on November 29, 2016
The vote by which the bill was defeated.
The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 1, 2016
Received in the Senate on December 1, 2016
Amendment offered by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) on December 1, 2016
To require the proposed authorities to hold a public hearing five years after completion of a project.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 1, 2016
Amendment offered by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) on December 1, 2016
To establish that if an authority leases out public property it remains public property.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 1, 2016
Amendment offered by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) on December 1, 2016
To ban the governments that enter one of these deals from banning potential competitors.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 1, 2016
Amendment offered by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) on December 1, 2016
To clarify the definition of "state" in the bill, that it included state departments.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 1, 2016
Moved to reconsider by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on December 1, 2016
The vote by which the following bill was passed.
The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 1, 2016
Received in the Senate on December 1, 2016
Passed 28 to 8 in the Senate on December 1, 2016.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
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

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