Committee kills ‘public-private’ bill for Missouri roads
05/07/2009 - 10:52:51 am
A tie vote in the committee on Wednesday, April 29, resulted in the failure of HB354. It would have authorized the state to expand PPPs beyond current stipulations that allow only a Mississippi River project near St. Louis to use the funding mechanism.
Failure of HB354 does not spell the end for PPPs in Missouri. Lawmakers incorporated portions of HB354 into a larger transportation omnibus bill, HB683, but the language for highways and bridges was removed according to Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Stouffer, R-21st District.
Should HB683 pass, public-private partnerships would be authorized for pipelines, ferries, river ports, airports, railroads and mass transit.
A conference committee of state House and Senate members was working on unifying bill language as of press time.
By David Tanner, staff writer Land Line Magazine