MPA LEGISLATION REPORT
GREETINGS! First, Here's an update from Washington, D.C. The FAA has taken a step in the right direction
for pilots. Recognizing the value of showing, as well as telling, pilots where they may not fly, the FAA is now
posting graphical depictions of three of some 35 national security-related temporary flight restriction (TFR) notams
on its Web Site. For more information see: http://www.faa.gov/NTAP/SPECIALNOTAMS/SpecialNotamListing.htm
Secondly, While talk in Congress continues on President Bush's plan to create a Department of Homeland Security, one Congressman in a hearing last Tuesday July 9TH, emphasized concerns that are key to General Aviation. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) directly asked Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Chief John Magaw to describe how TSA's original mission, to ensure safe and efficient transportation systems, would not be lost if it is moved under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge replied that many agencies with many missions will be incorporated into Homeland Security, and that no part of the mission will be sacrificed in the move or synthesis into DHS. "We are continuing to work with Congress on the transfer of TSA-it's critical that the agency doesn't lose sight of the need for general aviation and an efficient aviation system while addressing national security," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "We cannot let our transportation system become a casualty in this war."
Thirdly, The DOT Secretary has industry officials and some legislators expressing concern about the use of Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds to reimburse airports for security expenses. Secretary Mineta, testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee about the TSA's $4.4 billion supplemental budget request, told Senators that AIP monies intended for Capital Improvements could be used for security purposes because of the decline in airline traffic that is expected to continue through 2003. Association officials, anticipating the reappearance of capacity issues so prominent prior to 9/11, see a window of opportunity for implementing capital improvements, which can take years to complete.
Fourthly, Here's an Update on our Missouri Aviation Bills. Governor Holden signed HB 1196 on May 28TH, 2002. This act increases the cap on the amount of aviation jet fuel tax revenues, which may be deposited in the Aviation Trust Fund. Current law only permits $5 million of the aviation jet fuel tax revenues to be placed in the fund. This amount is increased to $6 million. This act also extends the sunset on the aviation jet fuel tax section to December 31, 2008. Under current law, the commission may match state funds at an 80% level and locals at a 20% level. This changed to a 90/10 formula. For more information see: http://www.senate.state.mo.us/02info/hbsumms/HB1196.htm
This is the only Aviation Bill that was passed this Legislative Session. Now, In Conclusion, Remember, We as MPA, USPA, Members, have a powerful voice in Missouri. Let's Continue to make a "Difference for General Aviation in Missouri."
Until Next Time!
Larry G. Harmon
E-mail address: MPALHARMON@aol.com
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