By James Reed and Kevin Pula
While historically used for large-scale transportation infrastructure projects, many states are beginning to explore the potential of public-private partnerships or P3s in other sectors. Thirty-three states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have enabling statutes for transportation P3s and at least nine states have the authority to enter into P3s for nontransportation projects.
At least 23 states so far in 2015 have considered more than 40 bills related to public-private partnerships or P3s, and at least four states have enacted relevant legislation.
- Georgia SB 59 expanded P3 authority to local governments. Previously P3 authority in the state was granted only to state agencies.
- Indiana HB 1001 expanded the type of project eligible for P3s.
- Virginia HB 1886 enhanced requirements related to determining the public interest of P3s and ensured that public interest must be maintained throughout the P3 procurement process.
- Maryland HB 936 adds requirements for P3 agreements to include provisions relating to performance security and construction contracts.
State legislators and legislative staff interested in learning more may want to attend P3 Connect 2015, the July 20-22 Boston conference of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships. NCSL members may register for P3 Connect 2015 at the same discounted rate as public sector members of NCPPP—just $295.
Last year, P3 Connect attracted more than 250 attendees, representing more than 100 public and private sector organizations. P3 Connect 2015 will be held at the Westin Copley Place in Boston. Nearly two dozen workshops will offer a comprehensive look at emerging issues within the world of public-private partnerships.
The meeting includes a special track for public sector leaders who are launching new P3 projects. These sessions are designed specifically to educate the public sector on the nuts and bolts of public-private partnerships. Highlighting this special track is the new Introduction to P3 Boot Camp, an introductory workshop for public and private sector representatives who are interested in P3s but may be unfamiliar with how they work.
Legislators and legislative staff who are interested should contact Jim Reed or Kevin Pula at NCSL for more information.
James Reed directs the Energy, Environment and Transportation Program at NCSL.
Kevin Pula is a policy associate with the Transportation Program at NCSL.