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SA 4626. Mr. NELSON of Nebraska (for himself and Mr. Hagel) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 2881, to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2008 through 2011, to improve aviation safety and capacity, to provide stable funding for the national aviation system, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the appropriate place, insert the following:
(a) In General.--Section 41731 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
``(c) Calculation of Highway Mileage to Medium and Large Hub Airports.--
``(1) IN GENERAL.--In any determination under this subchapter of compensation or eligibility for compensation for essential air service based on the highway mileage of an eligible place from the nearest medium hub airport or large hub airport, the highway mileage shall be that of the most commonly used route, as identified under paragraph (2).
``(2) MOST COMMONLY USED ROUTE.--The Secretary of Transportation shall identify the most commonly used route between an eligible place and the nearest medium hub airport or large hub airport by--
``(A) consulting with the Governor or a designee of the Governor in the State in which the eligible place is located; and
``(B) considering the certification of the Governor or a designee of the Governor as to the most commonly used route.
``(3) APPLICABILITY.--This subsection shall apply only to eligible places in the 48 contiguous States and the District of Columbia.''.
(b) Conforming Amendment.--Section 409 of Vision 100--Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act (Public Law 108-176; 49 U.S.C. 41731 note) is repealed.

(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Apr 30, 2008.)