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.
SB 1053 (Knight): "Centennial of Flight Program"
- AB 1436 (Correa): "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. AB 1436 is in the
Inactive File on the Senate Floor.
- AB 2095 (Kehoe) and SB 1703 (Peace): "San Diego Regional Agency":
These bills would create this Agency, which would replace the San Diego
Association of Governments (SANDAG) as the metropolitan planning
organization/regional transportation planning agency for the region. The
Agency will consist of 19 members from designated areas in San Diego County,
and is intended "to meet the challenges of continued population growth in the
San Diego Region." AB 2095 is scheduled for hearing in the Assembly
Committee on Transportation on April 15, 2002; the bill is also pending in the
Assembly Committee on Local Government. SB 1703 is pending in the Senate
Committee on Transportation.
- AB 2304 (Wyman): "Income and Bank and Corporation Taxes: Credit: Aviation
Wages": This bill would provide, between 2003 and 2013, a tax credit of up
to $10,000 annually, for wages earned under contract with the "Department of
Defense, a branch of the military, the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration, or a private commercial or general aviation company, to
research, develop, manufacture, test, distribute, or refurbish property for
use in aircraft". This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy. AB
2304 is pending in the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation.
- AB 2333 (Nakano): "Transportation: Funding": This bill cites the need
for a "fair-share distribution" of passenger and cargo demand among the four
urbanized counties in the Southern California Association of Governments
(SCAG) region. SCAG will also assure that the principles of environmental
justice are adhered to in the Regional Transportation Plan’s (RTP’s) aviation
program. This program would be implemented under the review of the Southern
California Regional Airport Authority (SCRAA). The SCRAA would determine if
each county is making reasonable progress towards implementing the RTP’s
aviation program. Interregional planning funds for surface transportation
projects would not be allocated to any county that is inconsistent with the
aviation element of the RTP. AB 2333 is pending in the Assembly Committee
- AB 2439 (Campbell): "Airports: Land Use": This bill would require an
airport land use commission to review, within two years of the date of the
closure, "any related comprehensive land use plan" of a military airport that
has been deemed closed. AB 2439 is scheduled for hearing in the Assembly
Committee on Local Government on April 10, 2002; it is also pending in the
Assembly Committee on Transportation.
- AB 2522 (Dutra): "Office of Emergency Services (OES): Transportation
Facilities": The bill cites the November 20, 2001 security and safety
hearing of the Assembly Transportation Committee. AB 2522 would require OES,
in cooperation with all levels of government, to perform a risk assessment of
the state’s transportation facilities (including airports) and services, and
to submit the confidential report to the Legislature by July 1, 2002. The
assessment would identify security deficiencies and mitigation measures. The
bill would take effect immediately as an urgency statute. We understand
that OES has concerns about the bill. AB 2522 is pending in the Assembly
Transportation and Governmental Organization Committees.
- AB 2719 (Maldonado): "Aeronautics": The California Transportation
Commission (CTC) has an advisory committee, the Technical Advisory Committee
on Aeronautics (TACA). The sales tax on jet fuel generates over $100
million in revenues annually for the State’s General Fund. The aircraft jet
fuel excise tax generates $2.7 million annually for programs
administered by the California Department of Transportation’s (Department’s)
Division of Aeronautics. This bill would require CTC to work with the
Business, Transportation & Housing Agency, and the Technology, Trade &
Commerce Agency, to develop and implement legislative proposals for the
aviation system, as recommended by TACA: a) Identify potential roles and
policies for the State aviation system; b) Augment the roles and
responsibilities of the Department; c) Ensure that those which benefit from a
program pays for the program; and d) Retain funds derived from general
aviation (GA) fuel taxes for GA purposes. The bill also appropriates $19
million from aircraft jet fuel excise tax revenues for airport security
and safety grants for GA airports. AB 2719 would appropriate
$10 million annually after January 15, 2003 from the General Fund to the
Aeronautics Account for security and safety needs of airport facilities.
This bill is being amended to change the revenue source for the $19Million
one-time appropriation to the Jet Fuel Sales Tax. AB 2719 is scheduled for
hearing in the Assembly Committee on Transportation on April 8,
- AB 2776 (Simitian): "Airport Noise: Disclosure Notice": The bill
states that it is the intent of the Legislature, in subsequent legislation, to
require mechanisms to be implemented that provide "real and constructive
notice to homebuyers of the proximity and potential impact of airports to the
real property they are about to purchase." The Department is cooperating with
the author’s office and the real estate industry to develop the mechanisms for
disclosure of airports to homebuyers. AB 2776 has not yet been assigned to a
policy committee in the Assembly.
- AB 2815 (Simitian): "Airport Ground Transportation": The bill states
that it is the intent of the Legislature, in subsequent legislation, to
require drivers and owners of ground transportation carriers at airports to be
licensed by the Public Utilities Commission, and be subject to public safety
background checks. The PUC would cooperate with the federal Transportation
Security Administration. AB 2815 has not yet been assigned to a policy
committee in the Assembly.
- AB 2897 (Wiggins) and SB 1510 (Knight): "Sales and Use Taxes on Fuel:
Exemptions: Air Common Carriers": These bills would reduce the sales taxes
on air carriers’ purchase of aircraft jet fuel. AB 2897 would exempt the
sales amount above $.50 per gallon from the sales tax on jet fuel. SB 1510
would exempt from the sales tax on jet fuel the amount sold for use beyond the
first out-of-state destination by an air carrier. These bills would take
effect immediately as tax levies. AB 2897 is pending in the Assembly
Committee on Revenue and Taxation, and SB 1510 is scheduled for hearing
in the Senate Committee on Revenue and Taxation on April 10,
- 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 scheduled for hearing in
the Assembly Committee on Transportation on April 1, 2002.
- 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 scheduled for hearing in the Assembly Committee on Governmental
Organization on April 8, 2002.
- AJR 39 (Alquist) and AJR 40 (Diaz): "Airport Security Screeners": AJR
39 would memorialize the Congress and the President to: a) Suspend or
eliminate the requirement that security screeners be U.S. citizens, b)
Screeners that have applied for citizenship should be allowed to retain their
jobs, and c) These screeners should not be subject to waiting time penalties.
AJR 40 cites the Legislature’s strong support of two Congressional bills,
H.R. 3416 and H.R. 3503, which would assist noncitizen airport security
screeners to become U.S. citizens. AJR 40 would also provide assistance to
these screeners through extended unemployment benefits, job retraining
programs, and naturalization assistance if the noncitizen requirement in the
federal law is not repealed. AJR 39 is scheduled for hearing in the
Assembly Committee on Transportation on April 8, 2002. AJR 40
has not yet been assigned to a policy committee in the
: 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
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
SB 1243 (Torlakson): "Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC):
: The bill expresses the Legislature’s intent to begin the process
of merging MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments to create a new
functional regional commission by January 1, 2004, but retain the existing
governing bodies. By January 1, 2005 the commission would: a) Have had at
least one hearing, and b) Require the commission to report to the Legislature.
SB 1243 was scheduled for hearing on April 24, 2002 in the Senate Committee on
Local Government, but the author requested the cancellation of the
SB 1279 (Murray): "Bond Act: Antiterrorism Safety"
: This bill would
provide funds (amount unknown) 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.
SB 1468 (Knight): "General Plans: Military Facilities":
requires: a) Cities and counties to prepare General Plans, including land use
elements; and b) Consistency between airport compatibility land use plans and
city and county general plans. SB 1468 would require the General Plan’s land
use element to consider the importance of military facilities when proposing
zoning ordinances. SB 1468 is scheduled for hearing in the Senate Committee on
Local Government on April 24, 2002.
SB 1533 (Poochigian): "Airport Security Grants"
: This bill would allow
public-use airports to use state security funds to match federal security
grants funded by the Airport Improvement Program. The Department has learned
from the sponsor, the Regional Council of Rural Counties, that the intent of
the bill is to use state funds for 100% of the local match for airport
security projects at rural GA airports. SB 1533 is scheduled for
hearing in the Senate Committee on Transportation on May 7, 2002.
SB 1896 (Peace): "San Diego County Regional Airport Authority"
Governor Davis requested the authors of AB 93, Chapter 946 of the Statutes of
2001, to submit clean-up legislation to resolve concerns about AB 93. This
bill removes the previous mandate that all state and federal grants for all
airports in San Diego County pass through the Airport Authority. SB 1896
requires the Authority to develop a plan to evaluate sites for a regional
airport for the County. If a site other than Lindbergh Field is considered,
this would become a ballot measure before the voters of San Diego County in
the November 2, 2004 election. No other public agency would be allowed to
significantly expand an existing airport, or construct a new one, unless it is
approved by the Authority to be consistent to its Regional Air Transportation
Plan. The Port of San Diego would retain control of the San Diego Harbor
Police Department, which will provide exclusive security services to the San
Diego International Airport as long as it remains at Lindbergh Field. The bill
would take effect immediately as an urgency statute. SB 1896 is scheduled
for hearing in the Senate Committee on Local Government on April 24,
SCR 70 (Knight): "Aviation Maintenance Technician Day"
resolution would recognize the achievements of Charles Taylor in developing
the first engine for the Wright brothers’ historic December 17, 1903
flight. Mr. Taylor’s birthday of May 24, 2002 would be declared "Aviation
Maintenance Technician Day" in California. SCR 70 is scheduled for hearing in
the Senate Committee on Rules on April 10, 2002.
SJR 17 (Vincent): "Federal Interstate Highways: International Airports:
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.
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