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The CAC actively tracks State & Federal policy issues affecting CA commercial airports. Policy & comment letters of the association can be found below.




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Support Renewal of the Alternative Minimum Tax Exemption for Private Activity Bonds

The Senate bill, MAP21, included a provision to renew the exemption from the application of the AMT to PAB interest. This provision, if included in the Conference Report, will have a substantial benefit for California airports and their ability to finance a variety of infrastructure projects.

Support Letter for Modernization of Nation’s Airport Infrastructure and Financing Mechanisms

The CAC firmly believe’s that modernizing airport infrastructure is the best option for strengthening our nation’s aviation system to meet the needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow. California’s airports are powerful economic engines, generating more than $62 billion in annual activity and supporting more than 300,000 jobs. However, our airports’ needs far exceed […]

Support for Passenger Facility Charge

On October 27, 2011, a coalition of twelve airport operators wrote recommending consideration of easing the federal regulation of the Passenger Facility Charge. This would allow airports to forego Airport Improvement Program entitlement funds, allowing the federal government to use the savings as spending cuts for deficit reduction. The CAC offers support of this initiative.

SB 747 Aviation Fuel Taxes in California Support Letter

In November 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration issued Docket 2013-0988, which directs all states and local jurisdictions to become compliant with long-standing regulations requiring aviation fuel tax proceeds to be used for aviation purposes (64 FR 7696). SB 747 will begin the process of returning this much needed funding to California’s aviation program and will also […]

SB 616 Flexibility for the California Aid to Airports Program

This measure was sponsored by the CAC to provide the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Division of Aeronautics increased flexibility when providing matching grants for California’s general aviation airports.

Request for Reconsideration of TSA Exit Lane Security Proposal

The California Airports Council (CAC) strongly opposes the proposal to cease staffing airport terminal exit lanes and turn this duty and expense over to airports. The staffing of airport exit lanes has never been the financial responsibility of airports. After 9/11, Congress directed the responsibility for airport security to the TSA. As this transition was implemented […]

Protect Airport Improvement Program Funding for Airports

The CAC urges to protect vital airport funding by preventing the FAA from potentially using additional Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant money to alleviate the FAA’s budgetary deficit. In Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13), the FAA transferred $250 million from the program to eliminate furloughs and prevent air traffic control tower closures at the expense of airports’ […]

Policy Statement on Customs and Border Protection

California serves as a gateway into the United States from many worldwide destinations. Ten of California’s 30 commercial service airports offer flights to international destinations. Over 27% of all flights at Los Angeles International Airport are to foreign destinations. However, staffing resource allocations in California by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) are […]

Opposition to Diversion of Jet Fuel Excise Tax to State General Fund

The CAC expresses objections to the Legislature’s proposed diversion of excise tax revenue from jet fuel sales to the state General Fund. The primary purpose of these funds is to provide matching grants for small and medium-sized airports to leverage funds from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Letter on FAA Reauthorization Bill to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

The CAC offers strong recommendation that airport infrastructure be held as a high priority in the Reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The associations urges to fully fund, if not increase, annual appropriations to the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) as well as raise the ceiling on the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC).

Comments to Order Instituting Rulemaking on Regulations Relating to Passenger Carriers, Ridesharing, and New Online-Enabled Transportation Services (R. 12-12-011)

In accordance with the Administrative Law Judge’s Ruling providing for Opening Comments, dated May 10, 2013, the California Airports Council submits Opening Comments.

Comments on TSA Exit Lane Security Personnel Proposal

The CAC strongly opposes the proposal to cease staffing airport terminal exit lanes and turn this duty and expense over to airports. The staffing of airport exit lanes has never been the financial responsibility of airports. After 9/11, Congress directed the responsibility for airport security to the TSA.

Comments on the Draft Sustainable Freight Action Plan to State Action Plan Partners

California’s airports remain committed environmental stewards, investing millions of dollars in both infrastructure and equipment to support a cleaner future for the industry. We appreciate the dedication of the State Action Plan Partners to implement the plan in response to the Governor’s Executive Order (B-32-15) and offer the following considerations as the freight industry transitions to […]

Comments on Draft Industrial General Permit under the State Water Resources Control Board

Comment letter submitted on behalf of the CAC for the State Water Resources Control Board draft Industrial General Permit. Airports are considered industrial facilities (SIC code 45XX Sector S.) due to fueling and maintenance activities performed on site.

Comments on Draft FAA AC 150/5200-XX– Protocol for Hazardous Wildlife Site Visits, Wildlife Hazard Assessments, and Wildlife Hazard Management Plans

This letter conveys the comments of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) of the California Airports Council (CAC) on the proposed new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5200-XX, Protocol for the Conduct and Review of Wildlife Hazard Site Visits, Wildlife Hazard Assessments, and Wildlife Hazard Management Plans. As with our comment letter on the […]

Comments in Response to Whether the CPUC has Exclusive Jurisdiction to Regulate Vehicle Standards for Charter Party Carriers

The CAC submitted the following comments in response to the Assigned Commissioners July 16th Ruling soliciting input on the California Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) jurisdiction to regulate vehicle standards for Charter Party Carriers.

AB 612 Charter-Party Carriers of Passengers: Permit Requirements: Drivers – Support Letter

The CAC supports AB 612 which would require charter-party carriers to participate in the Department of Motor Vehicles pull-notice system, submit drivers to Department of Justice background checks, and enforce a mandatory drug and alcohol testing program.  Our airports strongly support these provisions as they will provide clarification and guidance on the regulatory requirements of […]

AB 2471 Change Orders for Public Contracts Oppose Letter

AB 2471 would require public entities, such as airports, to issue change orders no later than 30 days after modifications are required.  Due to the size and scope of airport operations, terminal and airfield construction can result in a surplus of change orders that can significantly increase project costs.

AB 24 Screening Requirements for Charter-Party Carriers Support Letter

The bill, as amended March 16th, would require charter-party carriers and TNCs to participate in the Department of Motor Vehicles Employer Pull Notice Program, submit drivers to Department of Justice background checks, and enforce a mandatory drug and alcohol testing program. These provisions are instrumental as they would provide further clarification and guidance on the […]

AB 2293 Insurance Coverage for Transportation Network Companies Support Letter

California airports are embracing TNCs and the technological innovation they bring to the ground transportation space.  Other states and cities outside California have been much more restrictive.  San Francisco International Airport is the first airport in the nation to offer a TNC permit and Los Angeles International Airport has circulated a draft TNC permit seeking […]

AB 1787 Nursing Mother Facilities at Commercial Service Airports Comment Letter

AB 1787 requires commercial service airports to provide post security nursing facilities to accommodate new mothers traveling through the major hubs of California.

AB 1347 Public Works Contracts Dispute Resolution Process Oppose Letter

AB 1347 would require public entities, such as airports, to respond to claims including change orders no later than 30 days after notification from contractors and pay undisputed portions of the claim within 7 days. Due to the size and scope of airport operations, change orders for terminal and airfield construction projects can be numerous […]