On March 16, the state legislature’s Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight issued a favorable report of legislation that would authorize municipalities to use public-private partnership (P3) delivery methods, such as design-build-operate-finance, to construct critically important water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure projects.

The bipartisan bill, S. 1722, filed by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) and others, would provide cities and towns with an important tool to address ever-increasing water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure needs at a time when traditional government resources are in decline. S. 1722 is modeled after recently enacted legislation in other states granting P3 authority for water infrastructure projects, as well as special legislation routinely granting similar authority to municipalities throughout the Commonwealth on a case-by-case basis. The bill’s next stop will likely be the Senate Ways and Means Committee.