Senate OKs public-private partnership

cjarvis@newsobserver.comJune 9, 2014 

The Senate on Tuesday night gave final approval to its version of the bill that would privatize parts of the state Department of Commerce.

The vote of 38-7 came without any discussion. Senators debated the bill at length on Thursday, but held off on a final vote at the objection of Sen. Josh Stein. The Raleigh Democrat said that provisions newly added to the bill on Thursday -- including an overhaul of the state’s film incentives structure -- argued for giving senators the weekend to think about it.

The bill now crosses over to the House, which has its own version -- minus the film incentives section. Eventually, it appears, representatives from both chambers will have to sit down and try to work out a compromise.

The privatization proposals would allow the state Commerce Department to contract with a nonprofit entity set up to attract international trade and jobs.

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