If you live adjacent to any Washington Metro facilities/infrastructure, it would behoove you to carefully read and understand this section of a recently pass bill.
“31. In performing its duties, the Commission, through its Board or designated employees or agents, may:
“(b) ENTER upon the WMATA Rail System and, upon reasonable notice and a finding by the chief executive officer that a need exists, upon ANY LANDS, WATERS, and PREMISES ADJACENT to the WMATA Rail System, including, WITHOUT LIMITATION, property owned or occupied by the federal government, for the purpose of making INSPECTIONS, INVESTIGATIONS, EXAMINATIONS, and TESTING as the Commission may deem necessary to carry out the purposes of this MSC Compact, and such entry SHALL NOT be deemed a TRESPASS. The Commission shall make reasonable reimbursement for any actual damage resulting to any such adjacent lands, waters, and premises as a result of such activities;”
Now, if you think for a minute that it ONLY refers to federal property, think again. The fact that the phrase “including…property owned or occupied by federal government…” means that federally controlled property is INCLUDED in the general list of properties along with all others.
It actually gets even more interesting here:
“33. In addition to the powers and duties set forth above, the Commission may:
“(b) Adopt, amend, and repeal rules and regulations respecting the EXERCISE of the POWERS CONFERRED by this MSC Compact;”
Which may be interpreted to mean the Commission has the power to expand the previously mentioned ADMINISTRATIVE authorities without further congressional oversight.
Read the bill in its entirety here:
H.J.Res.76 – Granting the consent and approval of Congress for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to enter into a compact relating to the establishment of the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission.