Port of Seattle Drawn into Lawsuit on SeaTac Initiative

Published on : Friday, December 6, 2013

Port of SeattleLast month, Alaska Airlines amended its lawsuit against the City of SeaTac’s Proposition 1 and named the Port of Seattle a defendant in the case.


Today, the Port of Seattle and the Washington Public Ports Association have each submitted a brief stating that under current Washington state law, cities do not have jurisdiction over port-owned airports and therefore the City of SeaTac’s Proposition 1 does not apply to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.


Both briefs reference the Airports Act of 1945, which clearly grants all ports in Washington exclusive authority to administer their airports. The law recognizes the strategic role these facilities play in moving people as part of an international network and supporting a growing economy across the region and the state.


Failure to defend Washington public ports’ legal authorities would leave airports across the state vulnerable to confusion over jurisdiction and potential conflicts related to land use, zoning, building codes, operating rules, transportation projects and other issues. There are three local jurisdictions touching Sea-Tac Airport and numerous other jurisdictions nearby.


The Port of Seattle respects the viewpoints of City of SeaTac citizens on this matter. The port remains neutral on the other 18 arguments of the initiative opponents’ lawsuit.


The erosion of middle class jobs and increased income disparity are issues of national concern. The Seattle Port Commission believes the fairness of our economic system is a critical issue and, in the coming months, will develop a thoughtful approach to employment at Sea-Tac Airport consistent with state and federal laws. The port will continue to engage workers, initiative advocates and airport tenants throughout this process.


Source:- Port Of Seattle

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