MPA LEGISLATION REPORT
August 2001

GREETINGS! Here are some National Legislation Issues. The FAA makes RNAV Charting High Priority. Pressure from AOPA and RTCA Inc. (a not-for-profit corporation that advises the federal government) for charted area navigation (RNAV) routes has resulted in the FAA's elevating the RNAV rulemaking to one of the agency's highest priorities. RNAV rulemaking will now receive internal FAA support from technical experts, attorneys, and economists needed to develop rules.

The FAA team met this past week to begin development of work plans and a timeline. AOPA is pleased that the FAA responded to its multiyear effort to secure charted RNAV routes, and has encouraged the FAA to commit allocated resources to making sure the rulemaking process does not impede progress of route charting. For more information see http://www.aopa.org/whatsnew/air_traffic/mav.html .

Congress May Pressure Chicago To Save Meigs. As a direct result of AOPA legislative efforts, Congress may step in to save Chicago's Meigs Field. After AOPA met with Illinois Senator Peter Fitzgerald, he added an amendment to the Department of Transportation fiscal 2002 appropriations bill. The Senate passed the bill Wednesday August 1st.

The amendment states that area reliever and General Aviation airports like Meigs must be preserved and utilized as part of a plan to solve congestion at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Bill Deere, AOPA's Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs, helped craft the amendment language. Meanwhile, Illinois Governor George Ryan announced that he would present an alternative to Chicago's current O'Hare plans, which includes extending the life of Meigs Field. It is slated to close in February 2002. For more information see http://www.aopa.org/whatsnew/newsitems/2001/01-3-026xhtml .

Now, Here are some State Legislation Issues. The Governor signed 193 bills into law this year, almost all of them in public ceremonies, some of them in multiple locations, jetting around the state. By contrast, two of the most consequential documents he has signed were signed in private, away from the cameras. The first of these was his executive order on collective bargaining for state employees. Collective bargaining for state employees has been a controversial issue that has been debated in the General Assembly for years. Legislation on collective bargaining, however, has fallen far short of passage in the legislature.

Bills approved by the Governor become effective August 28th unless they have an emergency clause or effective date. The 2002 Missouri Budget is ready for Approval: Missouri's 2002 Funds: $18,950,517,302. Of that figure 11.6 cents goes for Transportation.

We still have more work, coming in the next few month's. Let's all continue to work together, so we can make a difference for Missouri Aviation.

Until Next Time!

Larry G. Harmon
Legislation Chairman
E-mail address: MPALHARMON@aol.com

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