HBA-AMW C.S.H.B. 2320 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisC.S.H.B. 2320 By: Talton Land & Resource Management 4/6/2001 Committee Report (Substituted) BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Houston has been working for years to bring new businesses to, and stimulate the redevelopment of, Ellington Field, a joint use civil and military airport. Often, businesses present proposals that may create additional revenue and economic revitalization for Ellington Field, but negotiations are stalled or halted because the Houston Airport System (HAS) can only offer long-term leases or the sale of the requisite property through the sealed bid process. Concerns have been raised that the current process of disposing of surplus airport property is time consuming and may constrain HAS from successfully redeveloping Ellington Field. Allowing municipalities throughout Texas to redevelop air navigation facilities in a less restrictive manner may create additional revenue and economic regeneration of these properties. C.S.H.B. 2320 provides that specified competitive bidding requirements do not apply to the disposition by a municipality of an air navigation facility that is a former military installation if the disposition promotes the best interest of the municipality and is targeted toward redevelopment of the property. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS C.S.H.B. 2320 amends the Transportation Code to provide that the provisions regarding the sale or lease of property by municipalities or the purchasing and contracting authority of municipalities, which encompass competitive bidding requirements and procedures, do not apply to an exchange, sale, lease, or other disposition of land or other real property interest by a municipality if the land or other property interest is part of an air navigation facility that is a former military installation, the disposition is part of a plan to redevelop the facility as an airport-related industrial park or community, and the disposition promotes the best interest of the municipality. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001. COMPARISON OF ORIGINAL TO SUBSTITUTE C.S.H.B. 2320 modifies the original bill to conform to Texas Legislative Council style and format. The substitute removes the provision from the original bill which limited the applicability of these provisions to municipalities with a population of 1.6 million or more. The substitute modifies the original bill by adding that the provisions regarding the sale or lease of property by municipalities or the purchasing and contracting authority of municipalities do not apply to the disposition of property in certain air navigation facilities if it is targeted toward redevelopment of the property and promotes the municipality's best interest.