Senators seek to re-authorize crash investigation board

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WASHINGTON — A bill to reauthorize the National Transportation Safety Board includes changes to that will obligate the agency to share more data gathered during investigations, according to a news release from the Senate Commerce Committee.

The legislation, filed Dec. 6, will require the board to release “a written depiction of visual information,” or still images collected from a video recorder. The release shall be made at a public hearing, or if there is no hearing, at a time when other significant information has been collected. The bill protects confidential information.

The bill will also allow a majority of board members to meet behind closed doors and discuss official business, provided they meet certain disclosure requirements.

In addition, the NTSB will be required to disclose the methodology it uses to determine its annual Most Wanted List of transportation safety issues.

This is the first reauthorization of the 50-year-old NTSB since 2006. The bill also authorizes a budget averaging $113.3 million through 2023.

The bill is receiving strong bipartisan support.

“The National Transportation Safety Board is the driver of safety improvements for our transportation system,” said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., ranking member on the committee. “This bill will expand the board's tools and give them the resources they need to make sure that major transportation accidents are thoroughly investigated.”

The bill text may be found online.

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