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Biskupski speaks out about inland port bill

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah)- The mayor of Salt Lake City is speaking out about a bill that would created an inland port near the airport.

Senate Bill 234 would create a Port Authority Board to manage the port and collect some of its own taxes. Mayor Jackie Biskupski says none of the compromises they discussed are in the bill.

She says the land takes up nearly a third of the property in Salt Lake City, 24,000 acres and the board could override land decisions in that area. Biskupski also worries the same thing could happen in other cities.

“It creates a dangerous president in which the state could enact similar legislation and quickly take over land use authorities of other cities,” said Biskupski while addressing the media Tuesday evening.

The bill was set to be heard in committee Wednesday, but the mayor says the bill’s sponsor plans to sit down with her and discuss the matter.

The City Council is also calling a special meeting Wednesday to talk about it.

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