Thursday, December 18, 2014

Obama Signs Into Law St. Clair Regional Airport (K39) Closure Bill

President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law the bill that allows the St. Clair Regional Airport to close.

Earlier this month, the U.S. House and Senate both passed the bill. It was delivered to the president last week.

"Today changes the face of St. Clair moving forward," Mayor Ron Blum said in a quick statement on Thursday evening.

State Rep. Dave Hinson of St. Clair reported the news about the bill to Blum and The Missourian.

There was no debate on S.B. 2759 before it passed on a voice vote in the House and Senate. Online information about the bill states it was passed by both chambers in identical form.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri sponsored the bill. It was cosponsored by Roy Blunt, also of Missouri.

It states that it is "a bill to release the city of St. Clair from all restrictions, conditions and limitations on the use, encumbrance, conveyance and closure of the St. Clair Regional Airport.”

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer worked the bill through the House.

St. Clair has been trying for years to close the airport located on the north side of the city and use the 80-acre parcel for much-needed retail development. 

City officials had been working with the FAA and MoDOT on the closure process.

Without the bill, permission would have had to be granted by the FAA because the city obtained and used federal grants to make improvements at the facility as late as 2006.

For more, see The Weekend Missourian.

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