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An effort to stall the expansion of Lambert Field is defeated by the Missouri House

April 24, 2001
By: Renny MacKay
State Capital Bureau

The state House defeated a St. Charles effort to stall expansion of the Lambert Field airport.

Renny MacKay has more from Jefferson City.

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St. Charles Representative Tom Dempsey tried to get the House to accept a real time study, but he was met with a chorus of disaproval.

St. Louis City and County Reps spoke against the plan along with Cindy Ostmann a representative from St. Peters.

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Contents: She says that even St. Charles Representatives are against the plan because St. Louis almost lost a major airline when TWA almost went bankrupt.

All the critics of the plan say it could delay any expansion for up to two years.

In Jefferson City, I'm Renny MacKay.


A state representative's effort to study the effects of Lambert Field expansion is resoundedly defeated.

Renny MacKay has more from the state capitol.

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Opponents of a study say it's a stall tactic by people from St. Charles to prevent the W-1-W expansion, but the sponsor of the proposal, St. Charles Representative Tom Dempsey, says it's fiscally responsible to do a study before any expansion.

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Contents: Dempsey says he wants airport expansion, but doesn't want to do something wrong and have to correct it in future legislative sessions.

Critics also note that the FAA doesn't require a real time study.

In Jefferson City, I'm Renny MacKay.


Proponents of the W-1-W expansion defeated an attempt to delay the plan in the Missouri House.

Renny MacKay has more from Jefferson City.

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A real time study of the W-1-W expansion plan was again brought before the Missouri House by a St. Charles representative and as in past years the move was defeated.

St. Louis County Representative Jim Murphy says the amendment carrying the plan would damage the biggest economic resource the city has.

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Contents: He says the purpose of the amendment was to delay the building and that opponents of expansion should leave town.

The sponsor of the amendment says he's concerned about spending state money without doing a study.

In Jefferson City, I'm Renny MacKay.