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Substitute Bill No. 5467

February Session, 2012

 

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AN ACT CREATING A WORKFORCE TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AROUND CONNECTICUT'S PUBLIC AIRPORTS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 13b-50a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

The following initiatives shall be established to preserve Connecticut's licensed privately owned, publicly used airports which have a paved runway and a minimum of five thousand operations per year: (1) The state shall have the right of first refusal to purchase, via fair market value and state property acquisition procedures, an airport, if that airport is threatened with sale or closure, for the express purpose of preserving the airport; (2) the Commissioner of Transportation may acquire the development rights, based on fair market value for such rights, of such airports, provided the airport remains a public airport; (3) the state shall fund capital improvements to private airports, in which case the state shall participate in ninety per cent of the eligible costs and the balance by the sponsor, with budget and priorities to be determined by the Department of Transportation, and engineering in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circulars; and (4) the establishment of a new airport zoning category for the airport's imaginary surfaces as defined by Federal Aviation Regulations, which surfaces are subject to environmental assessments as defined by Federal Aviation Regulations and Environmental Protection Agency standards. Development within these surfaces shall require notices for proposed construction and a federal determination of obstructions and environmental effects. Construction of obstructions deemed hazardous to navigation shall not be allowed and environmental compatibility planning shall address needed land-use actions to mitigate adverse environmental impacts.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2012

13b-50a

Statement of Legislative Commissioners:

The subparagraph designations and "and areas" were deleted and ", which surfaces are subject to" was inserted for clarity.

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Joint Favorable Subst.-LCO