February 7, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
Two AOPA-backed bills—one providing aviation sales-tax relief and the other establishing funding sources for airport ground-access maintenance—have won overwhelming passage in the Indiana House and are now before the Senate.
House Bill 1325, providing a sales- and use-tax exemption for out-of-state aircraft flown into Indiana for “aircraft completion work,” passed 89-8 on Jan. 31. The measure is seen boosting business prospects for the state’s 67 repair stations.
The same day, House Bill 1307 passed 96-0. It would allow money from the state highway fund to be used for “construction, reconstruction, operation and maintenance” of ground access points to Indiana’s airports.
Both bills have been referred to the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee.
Mark Kimberling, AOPA director of state government affairs, and Bryan Budds, AOPA’s Great Lakes regional manager, traveled to Indianapolis to urge support for the bills.
“AOPA will remain engaged with key legislators as the bills are taken up by the Senate,” Kimberling said.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole announced Oct. 16 that he would retire from the helm of the agency on Dec. 31. According to the TSA, Pistole is the longest serving administrator the agency has had. His nomination to head the TSA was confirmed in 2010.
The Voters Decide campaign is making a pre-election push for a ballot measure to put the future of SMO into the hands of voters.
At an Oct. 2 meeting hosted by AOPA, U.S. CBP leaders met with their counterparts from Canada to discuss ways to ease GA border crossings.
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