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AOPA challenges California county's identity check ordinanceAOPA challenges California county's identity check ordinance

AOPA warned the board of supervisors in San Mateo County, California, that the association is prepared to fight a new county ordinance requiring prospective student pilots to undergo a police identity check conducted by the local sheriff.

In a letter to board President Jerry Hill, AOPA Vice President for Airports Anne Esposito said AOPA has already gone to federal court to stop a very similar Michigan state law, claiming it unconstitutionally usurps federal authority. "Now, in San Mateo County, we have a local sheriff deciding who is and is not a fit candidate for flight training," said Esposito. "It is important to stop this kind of knee-jerk reactionary lawmaking and to recognize the longstanding federal laws and regulations already in place."

In the Michigan case, the judge plans a late-October hearing to consider AOPA's call for a preliminary injunction preventing the state from enforcing its police identity check law until after the constitutionality of the law is determined.

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