Missouri State Rep. Denny J. Merideth III has received an AOPA Special Citation for his "outstanding leadership, advocacy, and commitment to general aviation" as sponsor of the Missouri Airport Protection Act. The legislation, similar to AOPA-supported laws in 25 other states, would protect the state's airports from new communications towers and other obstructions. Merideth, representing the 162nd District of Missouri, has been the continuing force working toward the passage of the protection act. Merideth worked for passage of the bill last year, but the legislature adjourned before action could be completed.
AOPA President Phil Boyer made the presentation before more than 400 pilots during his March 21 Pilot Town Meeting in St. Louis.