House OKs public-private partnerships for roads, broadband projects

The House of Representatives approved House Bill 286 on Friday by a vote of 64-0. Sponsored by five lawmakers from both political parties, this bill would allow any government agency in the state to enter into a long-term agreement with a private entity to finance and build road and broadband infrastructure. In this case, Rep. Patricia Lundstrom, D-Gallup, one of the bill’s sponsors, told lawmakers the initiative could help with much-needed road, bridge and internet service in counties and municipalities where capital funds are limited.

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