South Carolina General Assembly
109th Session, 1991-1992

Bill 4564

Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter

                    Current Status

Introducing Body:               House
Bill Number:                    4564
Primary Sponsor:                Phillips
Committee Number:               15
Type of Legislation:            CR
Subject:                        Airport Improvement Program
Residing Body:                  Senate
Current Committee:              Transportation
Computer Document Number:       BBM/9829.JM
Introduced Date:                Mar 17, 1992
Last History Body:              Senate
Last History Date:              Mar 26, 1992
Last History Type:              Introduced, referred to
Scope of Legislation:           Statewide
All Sponsors:                   Phillips
Type of Legislation:            Concurrent


 Bill  Body    Date          Action Description              CMN
 ----  ------  ------------  ------------------------------  ---
 4564  Senate  Mar 26, 1992  Introduced, referred to         15
 4564  House   Mar 25, 1992  Adopted, sent to Senate
 4564  House   Mar 19, 1992  Committee Report: Favorable     24
 4564  House   Mar 17, 1992  Introduced, referred to         24

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March 19, 1992

H. 4564

Introduced by REP. Phillips

S. Printed 3/19/92--H.

Read the first time March 17, 1992.



To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (H. 4564), memorializing Congress to continue the Airport Improvement Program, etc., respectfully


That they have duly and carefully considered the same, and recommend that the same do pass:

SAMUEL R. FOSTER, for Committee.



Whereas, a balanced, safe, and efficient system of airports and aviation services is essential to the commercial vitality and economic development of South Carolina; and

Whereas, prudent management of the State's existing aviation resources and sound planning for their future development require the ability not only to forecast needs but also the ability to anticipate the resources likely to be available to meet those needs; and

Whereas, like other transportation programs, South Carolina's aviation program relies to a significant measure, but not exclusively, on federal financing; and

Whereas, collectively, the states have sought and supported the development and preservation of a balanced system of airports and other aviation services that can be responsive to the diverse needs of the many geographic regions and economic sectors of the entire country; and

Whereas, the General Assembly of South Carolina believes that it is the mutual responsibility of federal, state, and local governments to continue to support balanced, planned, predictable airport growth and development; and

Whereas, the primary role of the federal government in this endeavor has been and should remain the establishment and maintenance of uniform standards in the area of airport and aviation operations safety; and

Whereas, the primary responsibility of the states in these matters should remain the promotion and development of airport systems based on plans that are integrated and coordinated with other transportation systems, modes, and plans; and

Whereas, local governments, too, play a vital role in the evolution of a well-considered national aviation system by identifying local airport and aviation needs and seeking ways of matching these needs with resources available from state, federal, and nongovernmental resources; and

Whereas, airport development strategies based on a synthesis of local, state, regional, and federal plans and programs make use of pooled technical expertise and financial and other resources; and

Whereas, through close cooperation of local, state, and federal governments, a clearly defined National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) has been produced, based primarily on approved state, regional, and metropolitan airport systems plans, updated continuously as new information becomes available; and

Whereas, there needs to be a continuing federal airport planning and development program to help finance that portion of the airport and airway system which has been identified in the NPIAS as being of national importance; and

Whereas, implementation of the NPIAS is most appropriately financed by aviation system user taxes and by federal fund appropriations in consideration of the benefits derived by the general public from the total air transportation system; and

Whereas, as long as the need for further airport and aviation service improvements can be demonstrated, federal legislative authorization for the Airport Improvement Program needs to be renewed, and appropriations to the Aviation Trust Fund urgently need to be maintained at annual levels which will permit disbursement of at least the minimum amounts required for continued full funding of airport improvements; and

Whereas, the current federal airport development enabling statute, the Airport Improvement Program, will expire on September 30, 1992, and, with its expiration, the vast bulk of federal aviation funds will vanish. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, memorializes Congress to continue the Airport Improvement Program scheduled to expire on September 30, 1992.

Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and all eight members of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation, at Washington, D.C.