August 2017


NACo Passes Infrastructure Resolutions


On July 21, the full NACo Transportation Steering Committee considered 1 platform change and 7 resolutions, all of which passed unanimously. These changes were adopted by the NACo membership by voice vote on July 26.

Resolutions passed at the 2017 Annual Conference are valid until NACo’s 2018 Annual Conference next July.

Platform Changes

E. County Role in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Regulations

Counties shall have the authority to regulate certain aspects of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) operations to ensure public safety and privacy. These aspects would include, but not be limited to: certain lower levels of altitude, time-and-day of operation restrictions and enforcement capabilities.

NACo urges the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Congress to allow for local governments to be able to govern certain UAS capabilities and work in collaboration with local governments to ensure the safety of the national airspace as UAS technology is further integrated.

Resolutions

Resolution in Support of Fully Funding Federally Mandated Local Airport Security

Proposed: Increase the federal funding allocated for the Transportation Security Administration Law Enforcement Reimbursement Program so that the maximum reimbursement rate may be increased to cover the local airport’s actual cost of (non-TSA) law enforcement officers employed by the local airport to fulfill federally mandated airport security requirements. 

Resolution Supporting Indian School Bus Routes

Policy: The National Association of Counties (NACo) urges the improvement of dirt school bus routes on Indian reservations through three key measures: 1) increasing annual funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Road Maintenance Program (RMP); 2) Prioritizing additional RMP funds for dirt school bus routes on Indian reservations that are persistently impassable; and 3) Including counties in tribal roads meetings hosted by the BIA and Office of Federal Lands Highway.

Resolution in Support of Direct Funding to Local Governments for the Improvement and Maintenance of Local Roads in America within the Proposed Infrastructure Spending Bill

Policy: The National Association of Counties (NACo) urges the president and Congress, through the proposed infrastructure spending bill, to create dedicated funding allocated directly to local governments for the improvement and maintenance of local road and bridge infrastructure in America.

Resolution in Support of Eliminating Regulatory Impediments for Effective Delivery of Federal Aid Projects

Policy: The National Association of Counties (NACo) urges the President and Congress to implement measures that would eliminate regulatory impediments on local and state sponsored federal aid projects to achieve our shared goals of strengthening transportation networks, improving public safety and advancing our economic competitiveness. 

Resolution to Establish NACo’s Legislative Position for United States Department of Transportation’s Budget Appropriation for Full Year 2018

Policy: U.S. Department of Transportation annual appropriations for fiscal year 2018 shall be maintained, at minimum, at the authorized FY2017 level, and whenever possible, be increased to assist projects that support the economic output, mobility, and safety of the American people.

Resolution to Establish and Clarify NACo’s Legislative Priorities for FAA Reauthorization or Extension

Policy: As Congress considers legislation to reauthorize the FAA, The National Association of Counties (NACo) calls for provisions that would: 

  • Modernize the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) program by: Increasing the cap to $8.50 and indexing it to inflation so it can be automatically adjusted going forward; streamlining the application process; and eliminating program requirements that are applicable only to medium and large hub airports.
  • Reauthorize the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) at the current funding levels. In exchange for raising the PFC cap to $8.50, eliminate program entitlements (apportionments) for large hub airports and redirect the resulting savings to fund projects at small airports (airports designated as small hubs and smaller). 
  • Reauthorize the Federal Contract Tower and ensure that FAA does not change the requirements for participating in the program in a way that would close existing towers, prevent new towers or force local communities to pay onerous portions of the required program costs.
  • Re-establish congressional intent and 30 years of federal interpretation that state and local sales tax measures of general application are not the same as aviation fuel excise tax and the states and localities should be able to use those revenues as they have determined based on state and local statute.
  • Fully fund the Essential Air Service (EAS) program that provides dollars to airlines that serve small communities and to continue guaranteed funding of the Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) that helps small communities address air service and airfare issues. 
  • Establishment of a pilot program within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) FAA that, in consultation with airline operators and general aviation users, oversees the installation and operation of remote air traffic control towers. 

Resolution to Support Innovative and Automated Technology for Transportation Solutions

Policy: The National Association of Counties (NACo) urges the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Transit Administration, and Federal Highway Administration to ensure that monetary federal assistance accompany any federal mandate issued to prepare county-owned roadways for automated vehicle implementation.

 

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