Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 05/31/2011 06:27:29 PM PDT

ONTARIO – A bill by Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton of Rancho Cucamonga that would create a regional airport authority to oversee operations of LA/Ontario International Airport has been sent to the Assembly.

The Senate on Tuesday moved Senate Bill 446 to a local government committee. The committee is expected to meet June 29 and may decide to move the bill to the Assembly floor for a vote.

The bill would create an Ontario International Airport Authority that would be comprised of four directors from the city of Ontario and three directors from the County of San Bernardino.

If the bill is amended by the committee it will have to go back to the Senate for approval on any changes, said Jann Traber, a spokeswoman
for Dutton.

There was one dissenting vote for the bill, Traber said.

“This shows there’s support for the bill moving forward,” she said.

The bill authorizes and encourages the authority to enter into an agreement with Los Angeles to facilitate the transfer of management and operational control of ONT from Los Angeles to the authority.

In May, the state Senate Transportation and Housing Committee unanimously agreed to move the bill forward.

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