May 12, 2006
Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell has signed into law legislation that will save aircraft owners money while keeping the state on a more competitive level regarding aircraft repair services. Beginning July 1, the law extends existing sales and use tax exemptions for aircraft repair or replacement parts and existing sales tax exemptions on aircraft repair services to all types of aircraft. Currently, only air carriers or aircraft weighing 6,000 pounds or more are eligible to take advantage of the exemptions. AOPA Northeast Regional Representative Craig Dotlo joined others in the Connecticut aviation community, like avionics repair shop owner Barbara Rowley, to give the legislation momentum. Connecticut follows several other states (Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, and Oklahoma) that recently allowed similar extensions to their residents in response to revenue losses from border states. Sens. Billy Ciotto and Eileen Daily, as well as Reps. Tony Guerrera and Cam Staples, helped see the bill through.
May 12, 2006
Advocacy and Legislation
A House bill that would force FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new policies for sleep disorders has passed a key committee.
The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.
Senators are demanding a written response from the Department of Homeland Security about unwarranted stops of general aviation aircraft by DHS and Customs and Border Protection.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.