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Pennsylvania Pilot Action Alert

The issue: Eliminate funding discrimination for general aviation airports in Pennsylvania


Rep. Russ Fairchild and Phil Boyer discuss
legislation to repeal Section 2210.
In 1998, the state legislature passed Act 79, which added section 2210 to the Pennsylvania County Code. Section 2210 provides that “no Federal or State money from the Aviation Restricted Revenue Account in the Motor License Fund or any other State money may be expended for airport operations or airport development in any county of the second class A having a population in excess of 675,000 persons without the approval of the municipality or municipalities wherein such airport is situated.” Impeding airport development through section 2210 is artificial and unjustified. Section 2210 restricts airport and runway improvements and prevents airports from addressing issues of airport safety, capacity, and economic growth. Planning flexibility is an absolute necessity in order to serve the aviation public in a safe, reliable, and efficient manner.

Why it’s important

Section 2210 interferes with the state and federal funding process. For airports, this is a serious impediment on the state’s ability to comply with contractual obligations entered into between the state and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), when Pennsylvania was awarded State Block Grant Program status. Furthermore, Section 2210 conflicts with Act 1984-164. This act requires that the funds collected through the collection of aviation fuel taxes and used for airport development be achieved without exclusion or discrimination.

Action taken by the Pennsylvania legislature to restrict airport development through legislation is unprecedented and restricts the use of federal and state funds on airports without the approval of the municipalities involved, creates an obstacle not only to the state’s ability to maintain and enhance its 149 public-use landing sites, but also impedes federal funding of airport development in Pennsylvania. Fortunately, Representative Russ Fairchild understands the inequity of this legislative action and introduced legislation to repeal Section 2210. The bills, House Bill 1895 and 1896, were introduced on September 28 and are now assigned to the house Transportation Committee.

What you should do

Contact the House Transportation Committee members by phone, fax, or e-mail and let them know that you support House Bill 1895 and House Bill 1896. If you fax or e-mail your views on this issue, please forward a copy to AOPA State Legislative Affairs, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, MD 21701; fax 301/695-2214 .

Who to contact

Representative Richard A. Geist
Chairman
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/787-6419
Fax: 717/772-6952
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Joseph W. Battisto
Minority Chairman
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/783-9077
Fax: 717/772-9962
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative John A. Maher
Secretary
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/783-1522
Fax: 717/787-0860
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Lawrence Roberts
Secretary
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/783-1359
Fax: 717/787-0861
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative David G. Argall
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/787-9024
Fax: 717/705-1835
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Ellen M. Bard
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/783-7309
Fax: 717/787-5713
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Thomas W. Druce
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/787-5452
Fax: 717/772-9869
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Russ Fairchild
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/787-3443
Fax: 717/772-5500
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Teresa Forcier
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/787-2353
Fax: 717/787-0860
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Dick L. Hess
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/787-7076
Fax: 717/705-11835
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Dennis E. Leh
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/787-6417
Fax: 717/705-1849
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Ronald S. Marsico
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/783-2014
Fax: 717/705-2010
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative John R. Pippy
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/787-6651
Fax: 717/783-3899
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Todd R. Platts
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/787-1298
Fax: 717/772-9869
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Samuel H. Smith
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/787-3845
Fax: 717/787-6564
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Jess M. Stairs
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/783-9311
Fax: 717/787-0859
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Jere L. Strittmatter
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/787-5451
Fax: 717/705-1854
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Peter J. Daley, II
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/783-9333
Fax: 717/783-7558
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Frank J. Gigliotti
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/787-4652
Fax: 717/772-2943
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Susan Laughlin
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/787-4444
Fax: 717/772-1232
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative David K. Levdansky
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/783-1020
Fax: 717/783-1193
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Joseph F. Markosek
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/783-1012
Fax: 717/705-1891
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Anthony J. Melio
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/787-3557
Fax: 717/772-2943
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Joseph A. Petrarca
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/787-5142
Fax: 717/705-2014
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Joseph Preston, Jr.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/783-1017
Fax: 717/787-7520
E-mail: [email protected]

Representative Dante Santoni, Jr.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Tel.: 717/783-3290
Fax: 717/787-7597
E-mail: [email protected]

October 5, 1999

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