HBA-AMW H.B. 2320 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2320 By: Talton Land & Resource Management 3/21/2001 Introduced 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. House Bill 2320 authorizes a municipality with a population of 1.6 million or more to dispose of property related to a former military installation or air navigation facility in the manner or terms the municipality considers to be in the best interest of the municipality provided that such disposal 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 House Bill 2320 amends the Transportation Code to authorize a municipality with a population of 1.6 million or more to exchange, convey, sell, lease, or otherwise dispose of land or any interest in real property related to a former military installation or air navigation facility, in the manner or on the terms the municipality considers to be in the best interest of the municipality, provided that such an exchange, conveyance, sale, lease, or other disposal is carried out as a component of targeted redevelopment of such real property with aerospace, aviation, or aircraft manufacturing firms of other airport-related industrial parks or communities. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.