MPA LEGISLATIVE REPORT
FEBRUARY 10, 2013
Greetings! First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. Congress finally passes a long-term FAA/System Reauthorization let’s run through the highlight reel of H.R. 658-FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, as approved on Capitol Hill and sent to the President.
Time for the industry (and FAA) to shake, rattle, and roll and kick-start revitalization.
A ball and chain placed on the backs of FBOs in the last funding bill was the Fuel Fraud Tax, which attempted to make sure people weren’t bypassing higher highway taxes by siphoning off jet-A and using it off-airport. Credit NATA and VP Eric Byer for gambit to get that corrected, since it wasn’t addressed in FAA reauthorization, in the highway bill under consideration.
Secondly, (NTSB) National Transportation Safety Board reports that general aviation accidents and fatalities declined in 2010 for the fourth consecutive year; the 1,435 GA accidents marked a 20-year low.
Thirdly, Here is the only Airport and Aviation Bills are as follows:
97th General Assembly, 1st Session
Bills Indexed by Subject
AIRCRAFT AND AIRPORTS
2/5/2013 Public Hearing Completed (H)
0371H.01I - Establishes the Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act that prohibits the use of a drone or other unmanned aircraft to gather evidence or other information with specified exceptions
1/24/2013 Referred: Economic Development
0419H.01I - Establishes the Freight Forwarders Incentive Act to encourage foreign trade through the Lambert - St. Louis International Airport
0386S.01I - Prohibits the Department of Health and Senior Services from inspecting meat processors for criteria they have already been inspected for by the state or federal Department of Agriculture
0623S.01I - Modifies provisions relating to animal shelters
0045S.02I - Modifies provisions relating to the Large Carnivore Act and creates the Nonhuman Primate Act
0331S.02I - Requires all genetically modified meat and fish raised and sold in Missouri to be labeled as genetically modified
0699S.02I - Makes it a crime for a government officer to unlawfully search a person seeking access to a public venue or transportation source
1356S.01I - Provides that a Highway Patrol fund include money for the maintenance of Highway Patrol vehicles, watercraft, and aircraft and be used for the maintenance of such items
Note: Your website address for Texas Legislation: www.texas.gov Look for Transportation-Aviation, to search all Aviation Bills. Website address for Illinois Legislation: www.illinois.gov Look for Transportation-Aviation, to search all Aviation Bills.
All other States should follow the same format, to search your state’s specific aviation and airport bills.
Remember, that as members of USPA, MPA, TPA, TXAA, NMPA, NPA, IPA, EAA, AOPA, or other pilot associations, which you may be a member, we have a powerful voice in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, or whatever state you may represent. Every group of taxpayers and pilots carries a strong voice to Washington, D.C. as well as at the state and local level. We need to learn how to use our voices, and speak up for general aviation.
So let us not forget how to exercise our rights and privileges, so we can continue to make a “Difference for General Aviation.”
UNTIL NEXT TIME!
Larry G. Harmon
Missouri Pilots Association