Constitutional Questions Prolong Air Traffic Control Debate
July 28, 2017
Law360

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Fierce opposition to a controversial proposal to spin off the nation’s air traffic control operations into a separate nonprofit may have been buoyed by a recent Congressional Research Service report analyzing the proposal’s constitutionality, ensuring lawmakers won’t meaningfully debate the legislation anytime soon as floor time on Capitol Hill remains scarce.

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“It’s one thing if we’re privatizing something where consumers have a choice of whether to use it or not,” Blank Rome LLP partner Art Hankin, who also is a pilot, told Law360. “You don’t have a choice as to whether a pilot is going to use air traffic control. And there’s no marketplace influence of the product that is in the private sector. I think it’s much better to have a well-funded government agency do it than the private sector.”

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"Constitutional Questions Prolong Air Traffic Control Debate," by Linda Chiem was published in Law360 on July 28, 2017. 

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