June is Aviation Appreciation Month in Nevada

On May 17, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval issued a proclamation declaring June to be Aviation Appreciation Month in Nevada. The Governor’s proclamation states, in part, “The continued vitality of aviation, aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, educational institutions and aviation organizations is important to the daily function of our society,” and, “The aviation industry will continue to play a vital role in the economic and social well being of the State of Nevada.”
AOPA supports these goals. We actively worked for passage of two bills introduced in the Nevada Legislature. Senate Bill 270 would have provided an appropriation to the Nevada Fund for Aviation to be used to match federal Airport Improvement Program grants at general aviation airports. Senate Bill 385 would have provided personal property and sales and use tax abatements for qualifying aviation businesses.
AOPA supported these bills by letters, email, and in person. I testified in support of SB 385 during a Senate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development hearing on April 2. The following day I testified in support of SB 270 during a Senate Committee on Finance hearing.
Unfortunately, the 2013 Nevada legislative session ended the evening of June 3 without the legislature taking final action on either bill. We are already discussing strategy about bringing these measures back in the next session, which convenes in February 2015.