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                                                   Calendar No. 609
113th Congress   }                                      {    Report
                                 SENATE
 2d Session      }                                      {   113-282                                                                
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      A BILL TO RELEASE THE CITY OF ST. CLAIR, MISSOURI, FROM ALL 
  RESTRICTIONS, CONDITIONS, AND LIMITATIONS ON THE USE, ENCUMBRANCE, 
       CONVEYANCE, AND CLOSURE OF THE ST. CLAIR REGIONAL AIRPORT

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                              R E P O R T

                                 of the

           COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION

                                   on

                                S. 2759

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                December 1, 2014.--Ordered to be printed
                
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               U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE 

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       SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION
                    one hundred thirteenth congress
                             second session

             JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER IV, West Virginia, Chairman
 BARBARA BOXER, California            JOHN THUNE, South Dakota
 BILL NELSON, Florida                 ROGER F. WICKER, Mississippi
 MARIA CANTWELL, Washington           ROY BLUNT, Missouri
 MARK PRYOR, Arkansas                 MARCO RUBIO, Florida
 CLAIRE McCASKILL, Missouri           KELLY AYOTTE, New Hampshire
 AMY KLOBUCHAR, Minnesota             DEAN HELLER, Nevada
 MARK BEGICH, Alaska                  DANIEL COATS, Indiana
 RICHARD BLUMENTHAL, Connecticut      TIM SCOTT, South Carolina
 BRIAN SCHATZ, Hawaii                 TED CRUZ, Texas
 ED MARKEY, Massachusetts             DEB FISCHER, Nebraska
 CORY BOOKER, New Jersey              RON JOHNSON, Wisconsin
 JOHN WALSH, Montana
                     Ellen Doneski, Staff Director
                     John Williams, General Counsel
              David Schwietert, Republican Staff Director
              Nick Rossi, Republican Deputy Staff Director
               Rebecca Seidel, Republican General Counsel
               
               
               
               
                                                       Calendar No. 609
113th Congress  }                                          {     Report
                                 SENATE
 2d Session     }                                          {    113-282

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      A BILL TO RELEASE THE CITY OF ST. CLAIR, MISSOURI, FROM ALL 
  RESTRICTIONS, CONDITIONS, AND LIMITATIONS ON THE USE, ENCUMBRANCE, 
       CONVEYANCE, AND CLOSURE OF THE ST. CLAIR REGIONAL AIRPORT

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                December 1, 2014.--Ordered to be printed

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     Mr. Rockefeller, from the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
                Transportation, submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                         [To accompany S. 2759]

    The Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, to 
which was referred the bill to release the City of St. Clair, 
Missouri, from all restrictions, conditions, and limitations on 
the use, encumbrance, conveyance, and closure of the St. Clair 
Regional Airport (S. 2759), having considered the same, reports 
favorably thereon without amendment and recommends that the 
bill do pass.

                          Purpose of the Bill

    The bill would release the City of St. Clair, Missouri 
(City), from all restrictions, conditions, and limitations on 
the use, encumbrance, conveyance, and closure of the St. Clair 
Regional Airport upon satisfying certain conditions.

                          Background and Needs

    S. 2759 would require the Administrator of the Federal 
Aviation Administration (FAA) to release the City from 
restrictions on the use of the St. Clair Regional Airport once 
all financial obligations to Federal taxpayers are repaid by 
the City to the Department of Transportation of the State of 
Missouri (Missouri DOT). The City currently owns and operates 
the airport. Satisfying those financial obligations would 
require the City to provide compensation for land, 
infrastructure investments, and equipment. Those assets would 
be intended for use by the Missouri DOT to improve air service 
and capacity at the surrounding general aviation airports.

                         Summary of Provisions

    S. 2759 would require the United States, acting through the 
FAA, to release the City from all restrictions, conditions, and 
limitations on the use, encumbrance, conveyance, and closure of 
the St. Clair Regional Airport upon satisfying certain 
conditions. The release could not be executed before the City, 
or its designee, transfers certain specified amounts to the 
Missouri DOT, as well as all airport and aviation-related 
equipment of the St. Clair Regional Airport determined to be 
salvageable for use.
    The bill would require the City to: pay fair market value 
for the airport property to the Missouri DOT; repay the 
unamortized value of Federal grants to the Missouri DOT; and 
transfer any remaining airport revenue to the Missouri DOT.
    The bill would also require the FAA to remove the runway 
end indicator lighting system at the St. Clair Regional 
Airport.

                          Legislative History

    S. 2759 was introduced on July 31, 2014, by Senator 
McCaskill. Senator Blunt is a cosponsor. The bill was referred 
to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. On 
September 17, 2014, the Committee met in open Executive Session 
and, by a voice vote, ordered S. 2759 reported favorably 
without amendment.

                            Estimated Costs

    In accordance with paragraph 11(a) of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate and section 403 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee provides the 
following cost estimate, prepared by the Congressional Budget 
Office:

S. 2759--A bill to release the city of St. Clair, Missouri, from all 
        restrictions, conditions, and limitations on the use, 
        encumbrance, conveyance, and closure of the St. Clair Regional 
        Airport

    S. 2759 would direct the Federal Aviation Administration 
(FAA) to release the city of St. Clair, Missouri, from certain 
requirements that currently apply to use of the St. Clair 
Regional Airport. Under the bill, the proposed release would 
not take effect until the city transfers to the Missouri 
Department of Transportation certain sums of money as specified 
in the bill, including the unexpended portion of federal grants 
paid to the city for capital improvements at the airport.
    CBO estimates that enacting S. 2759 would have no 
significant effect on the federal budget. According to the FAA, 
the unexpended portion of federal grants that remain available 
to the airport total roughly $300,000. Under the bill, those 
amounts would be retained by the state of Missouri and spent at 
other regional airports in that state. Because the bill could 
affect the timing of outlays from existing balances, pay-as-you 
procedures apply, but CBO estimates that any net change in the 
timing of outlays would be negligible over the next few years. 
Enacting S. 2759 would not affect revenues.
    S. 2759 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Megan Carroll. 
The estimate was approved by Theresa Gullo, Deputy Assistant 
Director for Budget Analysis.

                           Regulatory Impact

    In accordance with paragraph 11(b) of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate, the Committee provides the 
following evaluation of the regulatory impact of the 
legislation, as reported:

                       number of persons covered

    No significant impact on the number of persons covered 
would result from passage of S. 2759.

                            economic impact

    S. 2759 is not expected to have an adverse impact on the 
Nation's economy.

                                privacy

    The bill would have no adverse impact on the personal 
privacy of individuals.

                               paperwork

    The bill would not increase paperwork requirements for 
private individuals or businesses. Some additional requirements 
would be imposed on the FAA and the Missouri DOT, to the extent 
drafting and execution of certain legal documents would be 
necessary to complete the release contemplated under the 
language of S. 2759.

                   Congressionally Directed Spending

    In compliance with paragraph 4(b) of rule XLIV of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate, the Committee provides that no 
provisions contained in the bill, as reported, meet the 
definition of congressionally directed spending items under the 
rule.

                      Section-by-Section Analysis


Section 1. Release of restrictions, conditions, and limitations on the 
        use, encumbrance, conveyance, and closure of the St. Clair 
        Regional Airport.

    This section would direct the FAA, acting on behalf of the 
United States, to release the City from all restrictions, 
conditions, and limitations on the use, encumbrance, 
conveyance, and closure of the St. Clair Regional Airport. Such 
a release would be contingent upon the execution of certain 
actions by the City, or its designee. The City, or its 
designee, would be required to transfer amounts to the Missouri 
DOT equal to the fair market value of the airport property, the 
unamortized value of Federal grants, and any remaining airport 
revenue. It would require the transfer to the Missouri DOT of 
all airport and aviation-related equipment of the St. Clair 
Regional Airport determined to be salvageable for use. The FAA 
would be required to remove the runway end indicator lighting 
system at the St. Clair Regional Airport.

                        Changes in Existing Law

    In compliance with paragraph 12 of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate, the Committee states that the 
bill as reported would make no change to existing law.

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