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House Approves Transportation Bill Stripping Vity Control of Lambert Airport

May 8, 2002
By: Christopher Shields
State Capital Bureau

The house approved a transporation bill stripping city control of Lambert Airport.

Christopher Shields reports from Jefferson City.

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The bill includes a provision that gives surrounding counties more representation on Lambert Airport's governing body.

Some representatives thought the provision would make St. Louis City representatives vote against the bill, yet it passed 88 to 68 with some city represenatives voting yes.

St. Louis City represenative Tom Villa says the surrounding counties are trying to steal the airport from the city.

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Contents: It appears as though this is a mean spirited effort to take something that does not belong to them. The City of St. Louis and Lambert International Airport is owned by the city of St. Louis. We built it, it is one of the few things we have that work... that works rather.

The bill now goes to the senate.

From Jefferson City, Christopher Shields


The House approved a measure to change who controls Lambert Airport.

Christpoher Shields has more from Jefferson City.

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The provision, voted into a transportation bill, gives surrounding counties greater representation on Lambert's governing body.

Lawmakers expected St. Louis city represenatives to vote aginst the bill because of this provison, yet some city representatives voted yes.

Representative John Hickey of St. Louis Country sponsored the measure.

He says the amendment is about getting control on something that has an effect on you.

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Contents: This is like keeping your barking dog out of somebody elese's back yard, that's exactly what they're doing. They're saying if you do anything to that dog you have no say over that dog and it can make a mess and your responsible for all of it and we're responsible for none of it and we're going to take all the benefit of it.

The bill is now on its way to the senate.

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