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Legislative Updates 2019

Iowa Public Airports Association
March 15, 2019

Budget Negotiations To Begin In Earnest This Upcoming Week

Lawmakers charged with putting together the state budget will being that work starting this upcoming Monday. We will keep you updated!

Appropriators Need To Hear From You Today!

Please send a short email to the members of the joint House-Senate Infrastructure Appropriations subcommittee and urge them to:

• Increase the state’s appropriations for airport vertical infrastructure;

• The state’s public airports are in unanimous agreement that the investment be available to all airports because all airports are economic development engines for their nearby communities;

• The Iowa Public Airports Association supports a 10-year plan for investment in commercial service and general aviation airports of $16.5 million dollars annually

Here is the internet address to the members of the joint spending committee

Bills of Interest:
SF 449 (formerly SF 288) - Purple Trespass Markings (A) - The bill establishes a new method for property owners, lessees, and other lawful possessors to provide notice that entry onto the property without permission constitutes criminal trespass. Specifically, the use of purple marks or caps on trees or posts around an area would serve as notice that entry without permission into that area constitutes criminal trespass. This new method of notification of trespass is an independent alternative to preexisting, codified methods of notification in current law.
On Senate debate calendar

SF 275 (formerly SSB 1009) - Threat of A Targeted Attack (F) - This bill establishes the criminal offenses of assault by threat of a targeted attack and cyber harassment, and provides penalties. Specifically the bill provides that any person who threatens to cause serious injury or death to persons assembled in a public place, school building, or any occupied structure other than a single-family residence which thereby places such persons in reasonable apprehension of serious injury or death, or who threatens to commit such an act under circumstances raising a reasonable expectation that the threat will be carried out, commits a class “D” felony.
On Senate debate calendar

SF 266 (formerly SSB 1050) - Aircraft Registration Return (M) - This bill alters certain notice provisions involving the return of an aircraft’s certificate of registration to the department of transportation.
Under current law, if a registered aircraft is destroyed by fire or accident or junked, and its identity as an aircraft entirely eliminated, or the aircraft is removed and continuously used beyond the boundaries of the state, then the owner is required to return the aircraft’s certificate of registration to the DOT within 30 days, provide an affidavit of the destruction, dismantling, or removal, and make a claim for a refund of the registration fee. The bill strikes the requirement that the owner return the aircraft’s certificate of registration to the DOT within 30 days, and instead requires the owner to provide notice to the DOT within 30 days.
On Senate debate calendar

SSB 1040 - Demonstrator Aircraft Registration Loophole Fix (F) - This bill limits the period a manufacturer or dealer may operate the aircraft under a special certificate to three years. The bill increases the annual fee for a special certificate from $100 to $400, and provides that a special certificate expires at midnight on October 31 rather than midnight on June 30. The bill provides that the DOT may refuse to issue, or may revoke or suspend, a special certificate if the person making application for, or holding, the special certificate operated such an aircraft after three years of holding a special certificate for the aircraft in violation of the bill.
Subcommittee: Feenstra, Dawson and Quirmbach

SSB 1039 - UPS-FedEx Taxation Parity (M) - The bill relates to the apportionment of income of an airline and of a qualified air freight forwarder for purposes of the Iowa corporate income tax.
Subcommittee: Feenstra, R Smith and Danielson

HF 703 (formerly HSB 217) - UAVs and Wildlife (M) - The bill prohibits a person from using an unmanned vehicle, to disturb, pursue, fish, or hunt or assist in the disturbing, pursuing, fishing, or hunting of a wild animal. An amendment was added to assure that UAVs could be used for depredation purposes.

HF 607 (formerly HSB 126) - Aircraft Parts Tax Exemption (F) - This bill eliminates state sales and use tax on aircraft component parts permanently attached to an aircraft, including repair or replacement materials or parts, and repair, remodeling, and maintenance services used on an aircraft, aircraft engine, or aircraft component materials or parts.
On House debate calendar

HF 487 (formerly HSB 155) - Emergency Communications Towers (M) - The bill provides that an authority, or governing body authorized to make decisions relative to a communications tower application, shall not reject an application for the installation of a tower or transmission equipment in the unincorporated area of a county with a population of less than 15,000, except for on certain residential or historical property, upon written confirmation from the chairperson of the statewide interoperable communications system board or the governor’s designated single point-of-contact for the first responder network authority activities in Iowa, or the chairperson’s or point-of-contact designee, that the tower or equipment is intended to be installed and used as part of the state plan approved under specified federal law for the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network or radio access network.
Passed the House 74-20; Passed the Senate 38-10

HF 390 (formerly HSB 45) - Aircraft Registration Return (M) - This bill alters certain notice provisions involving the return of an aircraft’s certificate of registration to the department of transportation.
Under current law, if a registered aircraft is destroyed by fire or accident or junked, and its identity as an aircraft entirely eliminated, or the aircraft is removed and continuously used beyond the boundaries of the state, then the owner is required to return the aircraft’s certificate of registration to the DOT within 30 days, provide an affidavit of the destruction, dismantling, or removal, and make a claim for a refund of the registration fee. The bill strikes the requirement that the owner return the aircraft’s certificate of registration to the DOT within 30 days, and instead requires the owner to provide notice to the DOT within 30 days.
On House debate calendar

HF 388 (formerly HSB 88) - Demonstrator Aircraft Registration Loophole Fix (F) - This bill limits the period a manufacturer or dealer may operate the aircraft under a special certificate to three years. The bill increases the annual fee for a special certificate from $100 to $400, and provides that a special certificate expires at midnight on October 31 rather than midnight on June 30. The bill provides that the DOT may refuse to issue, or may revoke or suspend, a special certificate if the person making application for, or holding, the special certificate operated such an aircraft after three years of holding a special certificate for the aircraft in violation of the bill.
Approved by Transportation Committee. Approved by Ways and Means subcommittee

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