MPA LEGISLATION REPORT
June 2010

GREETINGS! First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. The United States Congress passes an FAA reauthorization extension through July 3rd, following an inability to get long-term reauthorization passed.

Secondly, U.S. House and Senate, Congressional leaders are urged by aviation groups to renew the 50 percent bonus depreciation on aircraft that expired in December.

Thirdly, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on lead in aviation gasoline, the first step in investigating the necessity of regulations for lead emissions from general aviation. Once published in the Federal Register, industry will have 60 days to comment;
www.epa.gov.

Fourthly, Federal Aviation Administration calls on air carrier operators to create and enforce policies that will limit distractions in the cockpit and keep pilots focused on transporting passengers safely. Move stems from incident last October when pilots of Northwest 188 overflew their destination by 150 miles because they were using their laptop computers for personal activities, and lost situational awareness;
www.faa.gov.

Fifthly, National Transportation Safety Board releases preliminary accident statistics for 2009 showing an overall decrease in U.S. civil aviation accidents that includes general aviation, and on-demand Part 135 operations, which had their lowest number of accidents in two decades. Total number of U.S. civil accidents decreased from 1,658 to 1,551 in 2009. Total fatalities also showed a decrease from 566 to 534; visit
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviation/Stats.htm

Missouri House of Representatives
95th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session (2010)
Bills Indexed by Subject
AIRCRAFT AND AIRPORTS

HB 1312 --- Sponsor: Talboy, Mike
Prohibits members of the General Assembly from jointly owning property with any registered lobbyist unless the member is the lobbyist's spouse or family member or is dating the lobbyist.

HB 2285 --- Sponsor: Thomson, Mike
Authorizes a conveyance to the City of Maryville

HCR 65 --- Sponsor: Nolte, Jerry --- CoSponsor: Allen, Sue
Endorses an observer status for Taiwan in the International Civil Aviation Organization.



Note: Here's your web site address for Texas Legislation:
www.texas.gov.
Look for Transportation-Aviation, to search all Aviation Bills.

Note: Here's your web site address for Illinois Legislation:
www.illinois.gov.
Look for Transportation-Aviation, to search all Aviation Bills.

All other states should follow this same format, to search your specific state's aviation and airport bills.

Remember, that as members of USPA, MPA, TPA, TXAA, NMPA, NPA, IPA, EAA, AOPA, or other pilot associations of 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's not forget to exercise our privileges, and continue to make a "Difference for General Aviation."

SAFE FLYING!

Larry G. Harmon
Legislation Chairman
E-mail address: MPALHARMON228@aol.com


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