FRANKFORT – Just days after her legislation authorizing public-private partnerships in Kentucky was signed into law, state Rep. Leslie Combs has been selected to be part of a national steering committee focused on expanding the P3 concept across the country.
“I think my bill is a good model for other states to follow, and I look forward to talking with others about why we took the path we did and what we expect it will accomplish,” the Pikeville legislator said. “At its core, P3 is an economic-development tool that will be the foundation for building and maintaining large infrastructure projects. In many cases, it is the only real option governments have, so it’s vital they have the right regulatory framework in place.”
Combs will be one of just several state legislators to serve on a steering committee formed by the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Foundation, which is bringing together elected officials, legislative staff and the private sector as part of an initiative lasting up to 18 months.
Some of the issues to be discussed and researched by the NCSL panel include how P3 can help states work with the private sector to improve infrastructure in such areas as utilities, higher education and transportation. The information compiled will be made available to state legislatures across the country.
The steering committee’s first meeting will be in June, and the second will be held in conjunction with NCSL’s annual meeting in August, where legislators from across the country will be able to learn more about P3. The foundation will be covering most if not all of the travel-related expenses for the steering committee meetings.
“I’m really looking forward to taking on this role for two reasons,” Rep. Combs said. “First, it’s an honor to be able to share what we have been doing to get P3 enacted here in Kentucky. Second, it will help me learn even more about what has worked well and what hasn’t in other states. That is crucial information, because I want to make sure Kentucky sees nothing but success when it comes to P3. This wealth of information will be something we and every other state should have.”