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House overwhelmingly passes reform bill for Florida public-private partnerships

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On Tuesday, the Florida House passed a pair of bills seeking to reform the process the state uses to enter public-private partnerships.

LobbyTools reports the bill, which enacts a series of task force recommendations, will give more flexibility to entities entering into P3 agreement as well as streamline the process and regulate unsolicited P3 agreements.

If passed, the bill requires the Department of Management Services to keep copies of other P3 agreements, as a template for future projects.

Along with several “P3” reforms, the Legislature approved a public records exemption for unsolicited P3 agreements. Unsolicited proposals would also be protected from Sunshine Law requirements for meetings, until officials decide on accepting the budget.

SB 124, which LobbyTools notes was the main bill containing the public records exemptions, passed by an overwhelming 116-1 vote, despite facing opposition.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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