MPA LEGISLATION REPORT
June 2012

GREETINGS! First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. Another letter is headed to the White House to tell the President that the Administration's proposed $100-per-flight user fee faces a cold welcome on Capitol Hill.
Senators, Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), co-chairs of the Senate General Aviation Caucus, spearheaded a letter to President Barack Obama, publicly stating their strong opposition to the administration's fiscal year 2013 budget proposal to establish a new $100 user fee on certain General Aviation operations. In total, 28 Senators-mostly members of the GA Caucus-signed the letter to Obama.
"The Administration's proposal would bypass the existing per-gallon system and create a new bureaucratic regime within the FAA to collect a new user fee," wrote. "We believe the per-gallon tax assessed on aviation gasoline and jet fuel is the most efficient and effective way to generate revenue from aviation users."
The Senators also raised safety concerns. User Fees proposed in the fiscal 2013 budget could create a "disincentive for pilots and aircraft to use air traffic control services or fly in controlled airspace." That could result in less safe flight environment, they said. The new letter's Senate signers offered the recently passed multiyear FAA reauthorization bill as a policy framework for funding the nation's aviation system. "This bipartisan bill was able to pass Congress in part because it did not assess new user fees on GA," they wrote.
"We applaud the Senators who have signed this letter, as it demonstrates that they clearly recognize the value of general aviation. Said Lorraine Howerton, AOPA Vice President of Legislative Affairs.

Secondly, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) completes data collection for study on experimental-amateur built aircraft accidents. In addition to using the information gathered during its accident investigations, the NTSB has been working with FAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and individual owners and builders to evaluate a range of issues unique to this popular segment of general aviation.

Missouri House of Representatives
Bills Indexed by Subject
AIRCRAFT AND AIRPORTS

HB1431
Hoskins, Denny Kelly, Chris
Extends the expiration of the provisions regarding the exemption on the sale of aviation jet fuel from any state and local sales and use tax

HB1476
Leara, Mike
Zerr, Anne
Establishes the Freight Forwarders Incentive Act to encourage foreign trade through the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

HB1909
Hoskins, Denny
Extends the expiration of the provisions regarding the sales tax exemption on the sale of aviation jet fuel

SB740
Pearce, David
Extends the aviation jet fuel sales and use tax exemption and expands the use of the aviation trust fund

SB769
Kraus, Will
Requires safety marking on certain anemometer towers

SB597
Dempsey (S23) NO TITLE (4509S.02I)
Changes the governance of the St. Louis International Airport


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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