Hickenlooper vetoes transportation projects bill

DENVER (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper has vetoed a bill that would've increased public feedback on some public-private road contracts.

The bill also would've required legislative approval for some of those road projects.

The proposal arose from anger over a deal to widen U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder and include toll lanes. Critics of the plan said the public didn't have adequate notice.

Hickenlooper said in his veto letter Wednesday that he supports the transparency and accountability provisions of the legislation. But he said he worried "it also inappropriately constrains the business terms of future" public-private road contracts. The governor said constraints in the bill "create a chilling component on future transactions."

Along with the veto, Hickenlooper issued an executive order to implement some of the transparency provisions of the bill.


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