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Legislative - South Carolina Aviation Association

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Legislative Efforts

South Carolina Aviation Association actively promotes aviation growth through airport development and safety to meet the air transportation and economic development needs of South Carolina.

Support Legislative Fund

Legislative Fund

Donate today and help the association support its legislative activities. Increased funding to the State Aviation Fund will go directly to airport improvements.

Meet SCAA Lobbyist

Ben Homeyer

With more than a decade of lobbying experience in South Carolina and 17 years working with and for the SC General Assembly and the state’s executive branch.

He served five years as legislative director to the South Carolina House Ways and Means Committee. He coordinated more than 400 bills each session, directed the appropriation of $700 million in state funds and analyzed legislation concerning property tax reform and health care.

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Promoting Aviation Legislative Efforts in South Carolina

2021 Focus

Pass S. 675

SC Aviation Association Hires Lobbyist Ben Homeyer to support the associations efforts to pass H. 3706 and S.675.

H.3706 State Aviation Fund

• sponsored by Jeff Bradley, Shannon Erickson, Bill Herbkersman, Davy Hiott, Ryan McCabe and Weston Newton
• First Year – Directs the first $1.25M from the Airline Property Tax receipts to the General Fund of the State, and the remaining amount to the State Aviation Fund
• Second Year – Directs all Airline Property Taxes to the State Aviation Fund

S.675 State Aviation Fund

•S.675 – Thomas Alexander, Sean Bennett, Richard Cash, Michael Gambrell, Billy Garrett, Josh Kimbrell, Harvey Peeler, Rex Rice, Scott Talley and Ross Turner
•First Year – Directs the first $1.25M from the Airline Property Tax receipts to the General Fund of the State, and the remaining amount to the State Aviation Fund
•Second Year – Directs all Airline Property Taxes to the State Aviation Fund

Why Is It Necessary?

State Aviation Funds are used for maintenance, rehabilitation, and capital improvements to public use airports, which may include use as matching funds for FAA Airport Improvement Grants.

Funds for the State Aviation Fund come from the aviation fuel tax and airline property tax.

Current law states that the first 2.5 million of revenue from the aviation fuel tax and airline property tax goes to the state general fund the second 2.5 million goes to the State Aviation Fund to support airport projects.

Due to COVID-19, we anticipate a shortfall for 2022 in the amount of 2.5 million.

If current legislation passes (S.360 and H.3706) all funds will go to the state aviation fund.

It is imperative that SCAA sees the passage of this legislation as airports are the gateway to South Carolina. And as we seek to bring new businesses to South Carolina, our airport infrastructure will be up-to date and in place to meet the needs of businesses.

Timeline:
April 8 – passed full Senate
April 27 – passed House Ways and Means Subcommittee
May 13 – passed full House
May 18 – signed into law by Governor

Thank you to our legislative sponsors!

Spirit of Aviation Award

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Charleston, SC 29416
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