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S. 1143 (106th): Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000

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5/27/1999--Introduced. TABLE OF CONTENTS: Title I: Department of Transportation Title II: Related Agencies Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board Title III: General Provisions Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000 - Title I: Department of Transportation - Makes appropriations for FY 2000 ( with specified rescissions, transfers of funds, limitations on obligations and administrative expenses, and liquidations of contract authorizations) for: (1) the Office of the Secretary of Transportation; (2) the Coast Guard; (3) the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); (4) the Federal Highway Administration (FHA); (5) the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; (6) the Federal Railroad Administration; (7) the Federal Transit Administration; (8) the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation; (9) the Research and Special Programs Administration; (10) the Office of Inspector General; and (11) the Surface Transportation Board. Title II: Related Agencies - Makes appropriations for FY 2000 for: (1) the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board; and (2) the National Transportation Safety Board. Title III: General Provisions - Sets forth specified prohibitions, limitations, permissions, and mandates with respect to the use of appropriations under this Act identical or similar to those enacted in the Department of Transportation and related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1999 (Public Law 105-277). (Sec. 314) Authorizes airports to transfer to the FAA, without consideration, instrument landing systems (along with associated approach lighting equipment and runway visual range equipment) which conform to FAA design and performance specifications and which were purchased with airport development grant funds. (Sec. 316) Bars the use of funds under this Act (other than for normal and recognized executive-legislative relationships) for specified lobbying activities. (Sec. 319) Reduces the amount of funds provided in this Act for the Transportation Administrative Service Center (TASC). (Sec. 326) Makes receipts collected from users of fitness centers operated by or for the Department of Transportation available to support their operation and maintenance. (Sec. 327) Requires the use of Capital Investment grants funds made available in this Act and other specified Federal law for the Charleston, South Carolina Monobeam corridor project to fund any aspect of such project. (Sec. 328) Prohibits the provision of essential air service to communities in the 48 contiguous States that are fewer than 70 miles from the nearest large or medium hub airport, or that require a rate of subsidy per passenger in excess of $200, unless such point is greater than 210 miles from the nearest large or medium hub airport. (Sec. 331) Authorizes appropriations for expenses of the Amtrak Reform Council for FY 2001. Includes within the duties of such Council the identification of Amtrak routes which are candidates for closure or realignment based on performance rankings developed by Amtrak which incorporate information on each route's fully allocated costs and ridership on core intercity passenger service, and which assume that Federal subsidies for Amtrak will decline from FY 1999 to FY 2002. (Sec. 333) Prohibits the use of funds to enforce any regulation or law that requires an air carrier that provides intrastate or interstate air transportation to provide a peanut-free buffer zone or any other related peanut-restricted area, or restrict the distribution of peanuts, until 90 days after submission to Congress and the Secretary of Transportation of a peer-reviewed scientific study that determines that there are severe reactions by passengers to peanuts as a result of contact with very small airborne peanut particles of the kind that passengers might encounter in an aircraft. (Sec. 338) Directs the Commandant of the Coast Guard to convey, without consideration, all right, title, and interest of the United States (including all easements and rights-of-way) in certain real property located in New Castle, New Hampshire, to the University of New Hampshire. Requires the University to: (1) not interfere with the operation of the Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor, New Hampshire, without the Commandant's permission; and (2) use such property for educational, research, or other public purposes. (Sec. 339) Prohibits a recipient of funds made available under this Act from selling, or otherwise providing to another person or entity, personal information contained in a driver's license (or in any motor vehicle record of such driver) without the driver's express written consent. Declares that such prohibition shall not apply to a law enforcement agency. (Sec. 340) Earmarks amounts provided in this Act for completion of the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS). (Sec. 341) Amends the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 to repeal and replace the authorization of appropriations for construction of a certain replacement bridge in Harford County, Maryland, with an authorization of appropriations for improvements to certain other bridges in the same county.