Officials praise change in airport legislation

Karen S. Kim

AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Local elected officials have commended a decision

to modify federal legislation that could have prevented Burbank officials

from taking any action to limit growth at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena


U.S. Reps. Howard Berman (D-Mission Hills), Adam Schiff (D-Burbank),

Brad Sherman (D-Woodland Hills) and Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles)

announced their support for a decision to exempt Burbank airport from the

bill, HR 2107.

U.S. Rep. William Lipinski (D-Ill.), who introduced the bill back in

June, declared last week that he would revise the bill so that it applied

only to 14 major airports -- excluding Burbank's.

The existing draft of the bill would have diminished local control

over the growth of dozens of airports across the country.

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