It has been an interesting session at the State Capitol this time around. Having spent the past few days roaming the halls with Vernon Lee, I have gained even more respect for what the lobbyists are able to do for the Association. Those of you who have experienced the process will attest to the ever-changing mood of the legislature and the political haggling that goes on. I would urge others to take the opportunity to visit Atlanta and witness for yourselves the dynamics of our political process in action.
As you recall, HR228 proposes to amend the Georgia Constitution so that taxes collected on sales and use of jet fuel and aviation gasoline will be appropriated to activities incident to providing and maintaining an adequate system of public-use airports. I am happy to announce that our legislation made it out of committees, rules, and was to be voted upon in the House. Several legislators saw an opportunity to ammend the language to gain funds for their mass transit programs. Representative Carl Rogers has been able to pull the bill off of the docker to evade the additional amendments and hopefully the House will consider later. Duplicate legislation has been introduced in the Senate.
At this time it is still in sub-committee for discussion and Vernon Lee will advise when the Association needs to be involved. I urge all of you to communicate with your representatives regarding our legislation. One thing I have learned is to never assume that others understand the impact of a bill on an industry like ours. It is up to us to educate and inform all those who will listen. I want to publicly thank Vernon Lee again for the tremendous job he does in representing GAA. I also want to acknowledge the wonderful support we get from all of our Representatives.
NBAA Welcomes Senate Attempt to Suspend Onerous "Fuel Fraud" Rules for Business Aviation
NBAA commends Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) for introducing a legislative proposal seeking suspension of so-called "fuel fraud"
"The business aviation community is grateful to Senator Burns for taking action on this issue of great importance to our industry,"
Bolen urged everyone in business aviation to send a newly developed message of support for the legislation, available at NBAA's Contact Congress.