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Published January 11, 2013, 02:22 PM

Proposed state airplane pool meets with objections

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Some state agencies in North Dakota are objecting to a proposal to put their airplanes into a central management system overseen by the Transportation Department.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Some state agencies in North Dakota are objecting to a proposal to put their airplanes into a central management system overseen by the Transportation Department.

The bill being considered by state lawmakers was proposed by an interim legislative committee after a study of state-owned and state-leased airplanes. It would be modeled after the state motor vehicle pool.

Agency heads say there are numerous problems with the proposal.

State Aeronautics Commissioner Larry Taborsky says insurance rates would increase if older planes are pooled with newer ones. He also says safety is an issue if pilots are flying unfamiliar planes.

Officials with the Highway Patrol and the Game and Fish Department say they might run afoul of federal regulations if they are forced to put their airplanes into a state pool.

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