MPA LEGISLATION REPORT
March 2004

GREETINGS!

First, Here's information from Washington, D.C. Funding for the Local Area Augmentation System (LAAS), a research and development project, has been cut under President Bush's proposed fiscal 2005 Department of Transportation budget. The program previously received $49 million in FY03 and $34 million in FY04. LAAS falls under Facilities and Equipment programs, which took an overall hit of 13.6 percent from $2.893 billion this year to $2.5 billion in FY05.

Secondly, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta announces the appointment of Dr. John J. Hamre, President and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, to a two-year term as Chairman of the FAA's Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee. Hambre will head the board that serves as the Chief Advisor to the FAA on its multi-billion dollar plans and programs to modernize the National Airspace System.

Hambre has previously served in several top-level positions at the Department of Defense, was a professional staff member for the Senate Armed Services Committee, and was deputy assistant director for National Security and International Affairs at the Congressional Budget Office.

Meanwhile, Mineta calls for tripling the air traffic capacity of the U.S. in the next 15 to 20 years to make room for more jet taxis, private jets, airliner traffic, and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Thirdly, In mid-February the Federal Aviation Administration released the Final Rule to Part 139, Certification of Airports. Key components include: changes the applicability of the rule from airports serving scheduled or unscheduled operations with aircraft of more than 30 passengers to airports serving scheduled passenger carrying operations with aircraft of more than nine passengers and unscheduled of more than 30 passengers; establishes four classes of airports; changes the exemption process; outlines emergency plan requirements for small airports; removes the term "limited certificate airport." The full document is available at:
www.airportnet.org/regulatory/rules/part139final.doc.

Fourthly, Here's an update concerning Missouri Legislation, the only Aviation Bills are as follows (Clicking on the Bill Number will take you to the Missouri State pages where you can read the details of the Bills)::

SB 830 - This act brings Missouri sales and use tax laws into compliance with the streamlined sales and use tax agreement. Compliance involves modifying many sections throughout the law, based upon meeting the following criteria:
(1) The sourcing of sales must be changed to be based on receipt. This means that current law is modified, where necessary, to consider the point of sale, and thus the applicable tax rate, to be the point of receipt of the product;
(2) When a city annexes property, the change to the tax rate will take place on the first day of the second calendar quarter after the Director of Revenue receives notice of the boundary change;
(3) The same provisions as in (2) shall apply to rate changes;
(4) All sales taxes must be administered at the state level if they are not already;
(5) All state and local sales taxes must have the same base. This means that exemptions at the state and local level must be identical;
(6) Certain definitions, including a definitions for "delivery charges", "food" "lease or rental", "purchase price", "sales price", "tangible personal property" and other modified definitions, must be adopted from the streamlined sales and use tax agreement;
(7) The Department of Revenue can require electronic filing and payment of the sales and use tax;
(8) Registration for out of state sellers is simplified and no bond is required;
(9) No caps or thresholds may exist on the collection of sales or use taxes; and
(10) Out of state sellers must be offered uniform, simplified, electronic filing.
The act is similar to
SB 631 (2003).

HB 1244 --- Sponsor: Dempsey, Tom --- CoSponsor: Spreng, Michael
Changes governance of the St. Louis International Airport.

HB 1584 --- Sponsor: Phillips, Susan C. --- CoSponsor: Brown, Jason
Revises the crime of unlawful use of weapons by making it a class B misdemeanor to , with criminal negligence, carry a firearm or other weapon into certain areas of an airport.

SB 1276 --- Sponsor: Vogel, Carl
Classifies noncommercial hangars as within the residential property class.

SCR 33 --- Sponsor: Kinder, Peter
Urges the Secretary of Transportation to grant approval to the application of Primaris Airlines to operate a twice-daily service between Washington, D.C. and St. Louis.

Now, In Conclusion, Remember, we as MPA, USPA, EAA, AOPA, or any other State Pilot Associations, you may be a Member of, we all have a powerful voice, be it here in Missouri, Indiana, or whatever State you represent. Because every group of Pilots and Taxpayers carry a strong voice to Washington, D.C., and on the State Level.

So Let's not forget to exercise our privileges, and continue to make a "Difference for General Aviation."

Until Next Time!

SAFE FLYING!
Larry G. Harmon
Legislation Chairman
E-mail address: mpalharmon228@aol.com


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