May 6, 2004 - AOPA has been hard at work in Nashville to head off a more than 100% increase in the state aviation fuel tax rate. Thanks in part to AOPA Southeast Regional Representative Bob Minter's efforts, a bill (S.B. 3454) that would reverse the tax hike, which would take effect next January, has already received unanimous approval in the state Senate's Finance, Ways and Means Committee. It's now moving through the House. Last year, Tennessee and dozens of other states passed "streamlined sales tax" bills designed to bring some consistency to how states apply sales and use taxes. But in Tennessee, the bill would raise the sales tax rate on general aviation fuel from 4.5% to 9.5%. Immediately after the streamlined sales tax bill passed, Minter began working with legislators to win relief for GA pilots. The bill currently working its way through the state House contains a technical correction amendment that would eliminate the hike before it ever takes effect.