WASHINGTON-WARREN AIRPORT AUTHORITY (NEW)

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Senate Bill 269 (Local) Filed Thursday, March 11, 2021
AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE WASHINGTON-WARREN AIRPORT AUTHORITY.
Intro. by Murdock, Woodard.

Status: Ch. SL 2022-34 (Jul 1 2022)

SOG comments (2):

Identical bill

Identical to H 387, filed 3/24/21.

Long title change

House committee substitute to the 3rd edition changed the long title. Original title was AN ACT TO PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY IN FILLING VACANCIES ON THE CITY COUNCIL IN THE CITY OF DURHAM.

Bill History:

S 269/S.L. 2022-34

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Jul 26 2022 - More information

    AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE WASHINGTON-WARREN AIRPORT AUTHORITY. SL 2022-34. Enacted July 1, 2022. Effective July 1, 2022.


  • Summary date: Jun 30 2022 - More information

    House amendment to the 4th edition makes the following changes. 

    Adds that the Washington-Warren Airport Authority (Authority) has no authority to impose or raise taxes. Requires the Authority to comply with (was, issue bonds pursuant to) Article 5 of GS Chapter 159. Excludes Article 8 (North Carolina Special Airport Districts Act) from the powers and authority under GS Chapter 63 that were granted to the Authority.


  • Summary date: Jun 30 2022 - More information

    House committee substitute replaces the content of the 3rd edition with the following.

    Creates the Washington-Warren Airport Authority (AA) as a body corporate and politic. Provides for appointment of seven members to staggered three-year terms by the Washington City Council (Council). Provides for member qualifications and compensation, oaths of office requirements, filling of vacancies, meetings and leadership. Enumerates 14 powers and duties of the AA, including those related to real property, contracts, rulemaking, and the operation of municipal airports. Deems the AA to have the same exemptions in respect to payment of taxes and license fees and eligibility for sales and use tax refunds to the same extent as provided for municipal corporations under State law. Authorizes the AA to acquire, and the City of Washington (City) to grant or convey by gift or consideration to the AA at the City's discretion, any real or personal property necessary for the construction, operation, and maintenance of any airport located in Beaufort County. Transfers any project that the Washington-Warren Airport Advisory Board is engaged in to the AA on the date the act becomes law. Authorizes the City to convey its rights, title, and interests in real property upon which the Washington-Warren Airport is situated upon the AA being deemed financially solvent by the FAA. 

    Deems any lands acquired, owned, controlled, or occupied by the AA declared to be for a public purpose. Allows for private property needed by the AA for any airport, landing field, or as facilities of an airport or landing field to be acquired by gift or devise, or by private purchase or by the exercise of eminent domain as a public condemnor under GS 40A-3(c). Requires the AA to annually report its operations and transactions to the council. Prohibits the AA from pledging City credit or imposing obligations upon the City. Grants the AA all rights and powers granted to counties or municipalities by general law relating to the development, regulation, and control of municipal airports and the regulation of aircraft except as specified by the act, and allows the City to delegate any or all of its rights and powers under general law to the AA. Authorizes the AA to contract with and accept grants from the FAA, the State, or any of their agencies or representatives relating to the purchase of land and air easements and to the grading, constructing, equipping, improving, maintaining, or operating of an airport or its facilities or both. Authorizes the AA to employ professionals deemed necessary and useful in carrying out the act. Authorizes the council to appropriate funds from any source to implement the act, and authorizes the AA to expend any funds appropriated by the City for airport purposes. 

    Requires the council to appoint each of the six individuals serving on the Washington-Warren Airport Advisory Board on July 1, 2022, to the AA, to serve until their respective terms expire, with subsequent appointments to establish staggered terms. 

    Includes a severability clause. 

    Changes the act's titles.


  • Summary date: Jun 30 2021 - More information

    House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition. 

    Further amends section 13.2 of the Charter of the City of Durham, SL 1975-671, to allow the City Council to call for a special election to fill the unexpired portion of the term when there is a vacancy in the office of Mayor or Council, instead of appointing a person to fill the vacancy. Adds that if a State or county primary or general election, municipal primary or general election, referendum, or special election is scheduled to be held within 120 days of the date the vacancy occurs, and there are at least 10 days before the date by which mail-in absentee ballots must be available for voting in that scheduled election, the City Council must call for a special election to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired portion of the term to coincide with that scheduled election. Makes an additional clarifying change. Makes conforming changes to section 13.3.

    Amends the act's short title.


  • Summary date: Mar 31 2021 - More information

    Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition. 

    Eliminates the proposed changes to Sections 13.2 and 13.3 of the Charter of the City of Durham, SL 1975-671, as amended, and replaces them with the following. Authorizes the City Council to appoint a qualified person to fill a vacancy in the office of Mayor or a member of City Council within 120 days of the vacancy (current law requires appointment and grants a 60 day period). Requires the City Council to adopt a resolution calling a special election to fill the vacancy, barring the City Council from making the appointment, if the City Council does not appoint an individual within 120 days (similar to existing procedure). Makes conforming changes. 


  • Summary date: Mar 11 2021 - More information

    Amends Sections 13.2 and 13.3 of the Charter of the City of Durham, SL 1975-671, as amended. Authorizes the City Council to appoint a qualified person to fill a vacancy occurring in the office of Mayor or a member of City Council. Requires the City Council to adopt a resolution calling a special election to fill the vacancy if the City Council chooses not to appoint an individual to fill such vacancy and chooses to call a special election (current law requires the City Council to choose a person within 60 days of the vacancy, and if the Council fails to do so within that time period, the Council is barred from choosing and must call a special election by adopting a resolution within seven days of the 60-day period). 


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