WASHINGTON — Market participants are stepping up their efforts in support of muni-friendly provisions in the Senate highway bill, as that body prepares to head to conference with the House to resolve differences in legislation each chamber has passed providing funding for the nation’s surface transportation programs.

The two-year, $109 billion Senate bill sponsored by Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and James Inhofe, R-Okla., that passed last month would temporarily exempt private-activity bonds from the alternative minimum tax and increase the limit for bank-qualified bonds to $30 million from $10 million.

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