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Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 01/13/2012

Va. leaders push to pass legislation to support increased size of Airports Authority board

The Virginia legislature is expected to take up a bill next week proposed by Del. Joe May to support a federal bill that expanded the size of the Airports Authority.

May’s staff said the legislation is expected to be taken up in the House next week. It would then proceed to the Senate.

The authority oversees Reagan National and Dulles airports, plus the construction of Metro’s Silver Line, and Virginia leaders have been pushing to get more representation and oversight on the board.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) had introduced federal legislation that passed last year to increase the size of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) board from 13 to 17 members.

Virginia got two additional seats and the District and Maryland one each.

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell had appointed two Northern Virginia residents to the MWAA board.

They have yet to be officially seated on the board because lawyers hired by MWAA said seating them required a change in its compact. A change in MWAA’s compact requires approval from the D.C. City Council and Virginia’s legislature.

MWAA’s new board chairman, Michael Curto, said at its first board meeting of the year that the board is working to amend its bylaws to reflect the recent legislation changes and is considering “enhanced transparency.”

MWAA has said it is waiting on the District and Virginia to pass legislation before it can accept McDonnell’s appointees.

MWAA is overseeing the construction of the Dulles rail project. The first phase is under construction and is expected to open in late 2013. It will run from Falls Church through Tysons Corner to Reston.

Preliminary engineering is underway for phase 2, which will run to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County.

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