Portions of Assembly Bill 1889 unrelated to flight schools caused California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger veto the bill. The bill would have given flight schools a reprieve on costly new flight training regulations imposed by the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009.
The veto has not shut down efforts to address the regulations and represents only one of many legislative efforts launched by organizations like AOPA. Another item that AOPA hopes to utilize to correct the controversial legislation is the California state budget. AOPA seeks to insert language imposing a moratorium on the costly new flight training regulatory fees.
“AOPA has been working on this issue for many months—and we have engaged our members to assist through calls to action,” said AOPA Vice President of Airports and State Advocacy Greg Pecoraro. “We had hoped to avoid this veto, but we knew it was a possibility and have been planning for it.”
Assembly Bill 1889 was vetoed because of labor provisions that would force the state, which is already struggling financially, to hire new employees. These staffing requirements are unrelated to the flight training regulations. The veto was not unexpected by AOPA who proposed other tactics such as another bill and including the language in the state budget. According to Pecoraro the legislature strongly supports fixing the new flight training regulations, it is just a matter of finding the right fix.
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