Dent aviation bills voted out of Transportation Committee

On Tuesday, the House Transportation Committee unanimously approved two aviation-related bills sponsored by Rep. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake.

House Bill 1030 would create the Community Airport Revitalization Board (CARB) loan program.

“We were able to get this loan program in the capital budget two years ago with $5 million. The program is set to expire this year, but this legislation would put it in law and make it permanent,” said Dent. “This loan program benefits our smaller airports with much needed capital for economic development projects that are not eligible for grant money.”

Dent said they are requesting an additional $5 million in the transportation budget this session for the loan program.

House Bill 1198 would extend the reporting deadlines and the work of the Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission by two years.

“In 2019, we passed a law to establish a commission to study the feasibility of constructing a new commercial airport or modifying an existing airport to reduce the pressure on Sea-Tac. The hope is that we could find a site to locate another commercial airport or expand an existing airport to alleviate some of the air traffic and travelers on Sea-Tac,” said Dent. “The 2019 legislation established timelines for reports needed for the study. Unfortunately, because of the coronavirus we have not been able to meet the timelines. This bill would extend the deadlines called out in the original legislation.”

The final report on the findings and recommendations of the commission is due to the Legislature by Jan. 1, 2024. The bill also requires the commission to use community benefit agreements in making their final recommendations.

Both bills now head to the Rules Committee where they await a possible vote by the full House of Representatives.


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