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Md. House Approves Public-Private Partnership Bill

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A state policy on public-private partnerships on big projects like roads and public buildings has been passed by the House of Delegates.

The House voted 81-52 on Monday for the measure, which is part of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s legislative agenda.

The measure would better define what a public-private partnership is. It also would create a process for the state to receive and review unsolicited project proposals from the private sector and create a framework for review.

Critics say it caters too much to special interests and is too susceptible to corruption, but supporters say the measure will help the state tap into the private sector for the public good.

The measure would be retroactive to apply to the State Center project in Baltimore.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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