A bill is on the agenda for Florida's House of
Representatives this week that, if approved, could pave the way for highway
privatization in that state.
The bill - HB7033 - would authorize the state's Department
of Transportation to lease toll roads to private entities. The bill would apply
to any existing toll facilities in the state's highway system, except the
The bill also limits the leases to 50 years, though it does
leave room for the possibility of extending those agreements to 75 years or
Currently, the bill is before the House and could be voted
on sometime this week.
The state Senate has no similar measure on its agenda.