House Enrolled Act 1008 – State Highway Project Bids (Public-Private Partnerships)

Rep. Randy Borror, R-Fort Wayne, introduced Gov. Mitch Daniels’ “Major Moves” legislation, which approved a lease arrangement with a private company for the Indiana Toll Road. The bill gives the governor the authority to enter into additional public-private partnerships involving bridges or roads, including the I-69 connection between Evansville and Indianapolis. The final version may be difficult to interpret until a request is made for the information. The language intends to make records confidential during the negotiation process for these public-private agreements, while making the winning bid available prior to a required public hearing before the contract can be awarded. Losing offers are supposed to be released for public inspection after the state executes the contract.

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