NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee’s new “Public-Private Transportation Act of 2016” was among seven other pieces of legislation that was signed by Governor Bill Haslam on Thursday at a ceremony marking enactment of bills sponsored by Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro).
The Public Private Partnership (P3) legislation aims to improve safety, reduce congestion and increase capacity on Tennessee’s roads, as well as encourage economic growth. Typically with a P3 agreement, the public sector maintains ownership of the asset but the private partner manages construction, operation and maintenance through the life of the contract. The new law authorizes partnerships between private entities and state and local governments for the private development, redevelopment and operation of transportation facilities.
“With long-term funding sources for transportation being uncertain, the ability to enter into public-private partnerships will allow us to finance projects that we might not otherwise be able to even consider,” said Sen. Ketron. “We must forge ahead to find solutions to the challenges we face to meet growing transportation demands in Tennessee. This new law gives us another tool in the toolbox to address those needs.”
Other legislation sponsored by Sen. Ketron and signed by Gov. Haslam on Thursday includes:
• Public Chapter 678 which sets up the “Stroke Best Practices and Treatment Guidelines Task Force” to make recommendations to the Senate and House Health committees regarding a mandatory statewide data collection registry, funding, hospital designations and standards for EMS personnel;
• Public Chapter 625 which encourages healthcare professionals who care for pregnant women to provide information regarding cytomegalovirus (CMV), a virus that effects 1 to 4 percent of pregnant women and can cause birth defects;
• Public Chapter 807 which gives the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts an opportunity to speak with students during school hours;
• Public Chapter 707 which allows eligible persons having an intellectual disability (ID) who are on the waiting list for services from the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DDID) with custodial parents or caregivers aged 75 and over to enroll into Self-determination or similarly a capped waiver;
• Public Chapter 976 which clarifies what items a manufacturer may use when having alcohol tastings on premises and enacts other tasting-related provisions such as limiting servings to one half ounce of each alcoholic beverage;
• Public Chapter 970 which permits court clerks where electronic filing, signing or verification of papers is authorized by court rule to assess a transaction fee for each filing submitted on an individual basis or by use of an annual fee; and
• Public Chapter 601, the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act of 2016, which defines a historic entity, event, figure or organization and provides legal process for a petition for waiver to be brought by a local government to the Tennessee Historic Commission and requires notice be given to the public for comment.
“I am very pleased that these important pieces of legislation have become law,” Sen. Ketron continued. “This past session, the General Assembly maintained a steadfast focus on effective and efficient transportation, the healthcare of our citizens and protecting both our children and the state’s most vulnerable residents. These laws are steps to accomplish those goals.”