SB 131- Georgia Major Airport Authority Act

On Wednesday, Senate Bill 131 was introduced by Senator Burt Jones (R-Jackson) to create a state authority to oversee the now-Atlanta controlled Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Atlanta touts the Hartsfield-Jackson airport as Georgia’s largest economic asset, with an estimated regional impact of $64 billion and 448,696 jobs.

In December 2018, a Senate study committee led by Senator Jones examined a state takeover of the airport and recommended the creation of a state authority to oversee the economic asset. In support of the state authority, the study committee cited Atlanta’s recent bribery scandals and probes into misuse of airport funds and best practices for airport management. SB 131 is cosponsored in the Senate by four fellow study committee members, Brandon Beach, Mike Dugan, Tyler Harper, and Jeff Mullis, and one Senator not on the committee, Matt Brass.

The bill as written would create a state authority to oversee the airport controlled by the state legislature and constitutional officers, removing control of the airport from the city of Atlanta. Both the city of Atlanta and Delta Air Lines have vocally opposed the takeover discussions.

A complete analysis of the state takeover attempt was completed in January 2019. As discussed then, the state legislators wishing to create an airport authority will need to circumvent the Federal Aviation Administration, which has doomed state takeover attempts in other states.

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Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Yeah, because an Authority wholly peopled with state politicians and their appointees will be less political and better overseers than the Atlanta Mayor.

They’re state politicians that have yet to even express concern, let alone do anything, about an 80,000 vote undercount in the Lt Gov’s race, so you know good governance is a primary concern of theirs.

Rambler14
Rambler14

Given that the State has shown they can’t even run a competent Ethics Commission,

why should they control the Airport?

xdog
xdog

What Dave Bearse said. The proposed bill would put state pols rather than local pols in charge of the airport. That would be great for the gov, lg, and speaker and their cronies and contributors but for no one else. It’s another effort to find solutions where there’s no problem.

According to your first article (which I missed first time around; thanks for the link) the FAA would be very much involved in any transfer of authority. Do you know if anyone has filed or plans to file requests for their approval?

Gregs
Gregs

What do all of these have in common:

1) Plant Vogtle
2) Go Fish
3) Exact Match
4) Voter purges
5) Corruption at the highest levels (See Ralston, Perdue and Deal)

Hint: something to do with state oversight!

Will Durant
Will Durant

I will not deny that the airport has been a cash cow for mayors and their cohorts for decades. That being said let’s address that issue in the future as it arises not by just adding more pigs to the trough.

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Zack, you seem to have a better sense of this than me, what’s the motivation for a state takeover? Is there anything outside of “we don’t want Democrats in Atlanta to have control of this massive economic asset”?

drjay
drjay

i’m too lazy to look it up myself…are other large airports (jfk, ohare, lax…for instance) controlled by municipalities or states?

Will Durant
Will Durant

There is some precedent in Charlotte v. North Carolina as Zack noted last month:
https://www.georgiapol.com/2019/01/25/real-talk-why-the-state-cant-just-takeover-the-hartsfield-jackson-airport/

Don’t know about the other big ones you named.

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

LAX is owned and run by the city of Los Angeles. ORD and MDW are run by the Chicago Aviation Authority and owned by the City of Chicago. DFW is owned by the Cities of Dallas and Fort Worth. DEN is owned by the City and County of Denver. The City of New York owns LGA and JFK and the airports are operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The Port Authority also operates EWR (which is owned by the City of Newark) SFO – despite being in San Mateo County – is owned by the… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

As a long ago former metro Detroit resident, I’ll add that Detroit Metropolitan Airport DTW is owned by Wayne County. I’m certain it’s among the 20 largest ariport’s in the US.

Ellynn
Ellynn

The only one I know of is the MAC (Metropolitan Airport Commission ?) that controls the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport and about 6 other Twin City metro airports. If my high school class trip memory is correct, it was formed during WW II to help move people and military equipment out to the troops between the airports and the rail road. MSP is either in or near part of the original Fort Snelling 1810’s military fortification grounds on the upper Mississippi River. The Ft Snelling National Cemetery is about 1000 feet and a service road away from the east west… Read more »

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

MSP is one of my favorite airports. Easy to get to – especially now that the light rail runs to St. Paul – lots of good food options, very efficiently run.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

You no doubt know it, like ATL and DTW, is a Delta hub. Hubs at well-run airports are a reason Delta is so successful.