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Wednesday, February 6, 2002
 
Aviation-Related Legislation - in California
 
Many of the bills from 2001 are "dead", because they did not pass their houses of origin (e.g., an Assembly bill did not pass the Assembly Floor) by the deadline of January 31, 2002.  These bills will be deleted from the next report.  There are two new bills:  ACR 122 and SB 1279.

The deadline for introduction of new bills is February 22, 2002.  In the past, this has meant numerous bills introduced on or before that date.  The next Legislative Update Report will be distributed during the week of February 25, 2002.
 
Items in italics represents a change from the previous report.

  1. AB 37 (Strickland): "Sales and Use Taxes: Exemptions: Gasoline and Diesel Fuel": Existing law imposes a sales tax on automotive gasoline and diesel fuel. This bill would exempt those fuels from the sales and use taxes, but would require the State to reimburse local governments for local revenues lost from the exemption to the sales and use taxes (up to the 3% portion of the sales tax rate). AB 37 failed to pass the Assembly by January 31, 2002, and can be considered "dead". This item will be deleted from the next report.
  2. AB 243 (Runner): "Aircraft Jet Fuel Tax: Exemption": Existing law imposes a sales and use tax on aircraft jet fuel, which generates revenue for State and local general, public safety, and transportation funds. This bill would exempt aircraft jet fuel sold to an air common carrier of property or persons at an airport in an enterprise zone from the sales and use tax. AB 243 would exempt aircraft jet fuel from the State General Fund portion of the sales tax (currently 4 %), but would retain the local sales and use taxes imposed on jet fuel (up to 3 %). AB 243 failed to pass the Assembly by January 31, 2002, and can be considered "dead". This item will be deleted from the next report.
  3. AB 1001 (Longville): "Space Industry"; SB 76 (O’Connell), SB 154 (Haynes), and SB 640 (Knight): "Sales and Use Tax Exemption: Space Flight"; SB 921 (Knight): "Space Industry Development";: AB 1001 would establish a "California Spaceport Development Zone Act of 2001", which would authorize the Technology, Trade & Commerce Agency to establish five spaceport zones, comparable to enterprise zones, including tax incentives for economic development primarily engaged in launch related activities. The spaceport zone would be in existence 40 years, and include a financing district. SB 76, SB 154, and SB 640 generally provide for exemptions from the sales tax for property sold for use in space flight. SB 76 would expand the exemption to include property used in spaceport operations. SB 154 and SB 640 would allow material that is not intended to be launched into space to be exempt from the sales tax. SB 921 would establish a space industry development program in the Technology, Trade & Commerce Agency. Bills introduced in 2001 that failed to pass their houses of origin by January 31, 2002, can be considered "dead". These bills will be deleted from the next report.
  4. AB 1436 (Correa) and SB 703 (Perata and Bates): "Military Base Reuse: Orange County": AB 1436 would prohibit the annexation of any inhabited property on El Toro to any city, until El Toro has been transferred to the local redevelopment authority recognized pursuant to California statute. SB 703 would establish a new reuse entity for El Toro, contingent on voter approval of "The Orange County Central Park and Nature Preserve Initiative" on March 5, 2002. Composition of the reuse entity and certain planning activities are established in SB 703. AB 1436 is in the Inactive File on the Senate Floor. SB 703 failed to pass the Senate by January 31, 2002, and can be considered "dead". SB 703 will be deleted from the next report.
  5. ACR 119 and ACR 120 (Runner): "Aerospace Highway" and "Aerospace Valley Monument": These resolutions would dedicate a portion of State Highway 14 near Edwards Air Force Base as the "Aerospace Highway," and establish a monument and plaque in that area, in recognition of the major accomplishments of aviators in the region. ACR 119 and ACR 120 are pending in the Assembly Committee on Transportation.
  6. ACR 122 (Cogdill): "Patriot Day: September 11": This resolution would declare September 11 of each year as Patriot Day in California. ACR 122 has not yet been assigned to a policy committee in the Assembly.
  7. AJR 31 (Thomson): "Terrorism Funding": This resolution would request Congress and the President to enact legislation to provide funds to state and local governments for increased security measures since September 11, 2001. AJR 31 is pending in the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization.
  8. SB 13 (McClintock): "Sales and Use Tax: Rate Reduction": Existing law provided for a reduction of % in the sales tax under certain positive economic conditions. This reduction took place on January 1, 2001 for one year; this bill would make the reduction permanent. SB 13 failed to pass the Senate by January 31, 2002, and can be considered "dead". This item will be deleted in the next report.
  9. SB 656 (Knight): "Military Base Retention": SB 656 would establish the Military Base Retention Authority Act, to include single reuse authorities for retention planning for military bases. A list of military bases in SB 656 include several existing aviation facilities, but does not contain any that are proposed for closure or realignment. SB 656 failed to pass the Senate by January 31, 2002, and can be considered "dead". This item will be deleted in the next report.
  10. SB 822 (Poochigian): "County Sheriffs: Search and Rescue": The sheriff of each county has search and rescue responsibilities. This bill would specifically include searching for persons in missing or downed aircraft. The sheriff may transfer this responsibility to another agency or jurisdiction through a written agreement. Any expense incurred in the activity would be considered a proper county charge. This bill failed to pass the Senate by January 31, 2002, and can be considered "dead". This item will be deleted in the next report.
  11. SB 865 (Polanco): "California-Mexico Border Infrastructure Financing Authority": Population growth along the California and Mexico border will lead to "escalating infrastructure deficits" by 2020, including airports. This bill would create the above authority, which would be required to issue revenue bonds for construction of infrastructure. Projects would be revenue-generating, such as air cargo facilities. The bill is pending in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations.
  12. SB 869 (Karnette): Department of Transportation: Airport Assessment Study": Under existing law, Caltrans is responsible for developing a California Aviation System Plan. This bill would require Caltrans to conduct a needs assessment study on airports, including an airport inventory, capacity of airports for air traffic, projected growth of the airports, planned airport expansions, and infrastructure evaluation. SB 869 failed to pass the Senate by January 31, 2002, and can be considered "dead". This item will be deleted in the next report.
  13. SB 1053 (Knight): "Centennial of Flight Program": Under existing law, the California Department of Education (CDE) is required to assist school districts in developing an aviation education program. SB 1053 would emphasize, in that aviation education program, materials to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight. CDE would be encouraged to use resources from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission. School districts are encouraged to integrate aviation into mathematics, science, social studies, and vocational training, and to work with NASA centers in California. SB 1053’s 2001 hearing in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations was postponed.
  14. SB 1243 (Torlakson): "Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC): ABAG": This bill would study the feasibility of merging the functions of the MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments into a new regional commission, and would require the MTC to report to the Legislature by January 1, 2004. SB 1243 is scheduled for hearing on March 20, 2002 in the Senate Committee on Local Government.
  15. SB 1279 (Murray): "Bond Act: Antiterrorism Safety": This bill would provide funds (amount unknown, but in "hundred million dollars") through a bond act, for (among others) airport "security improvements and enhancements". The bill states that "'Seaport or airport agency' means a port serving a large metropolitan area". If enacted, the bill would go before California’s voters for approval. SB 1279 is pending in the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization.
  16. SJR 17 (Vincent): "Federal Interstate Highways: International Airports: Schools": SJR 17 stated that airports and freeways have a "significant detrimental impact on adjacent schools"; the resolution suggests that billboard revenue could offset the detrimental impacts. The resolution urges Congress and the President to establish a "Federal Transportation Impact Assistance Program" for schools located within two miles of an international airport, or adjacent to federal-aid highways. The resolution passed the Senate and is pending in the Assembly Committee on Transportation.
  17. SJR 24 (Knight): Military Base Closures": The author states that additional military bases will close in 2003 and 2005. This resolution would advocate the continued existence of military bases in California through the next round of base closures. SJR 24 is pending in the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization.

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