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Notice to Airmen Improvement Act of 2019

HR 1775Transportation and Public Works • Introduced by Pete Stauber on 2019-3-14

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-5-16

Transit Security Grant Program Flexibility Act

HR 1313Transportation and Public Works • Introduced by Peter King on 2019-2-19

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-5-15

Transit Infrastructure Vehicle Security Act

S 846Transportation and Public Works • Introduced by John Cornyn on 2019-3-14

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-4-9

Coast Guard Blue Technology Center of Expertise Act

HR 6206Transportation and Public Works • Introduced by John Garamendi on 2018-6-25

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-11-13

Maritime Safety Act of 2018

HR 6175Transportation and Public Works • Introduced by Duncan Hunter on 2018-6-21

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-11-13

Maritime Technical Corrections Act of 2018

HR 5326Transportation and Public Works • Introduced by John Garamendi on 2018-3-19

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-11-13

Federal Maritime Commission Authorization Act of 2017

HR 2593Transportation and Public Works • Introduced by Duncan Hunter on 2017-5-23

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-11-13

Port Operations, Research, and Technology Act

S 3273Transportation and Public Works • Introduced by Roger Wicker on 2018-7-25

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-8-20

National Transportation Safety Board Reauthorization Act

S 2202Transportation and Public Works • Introduced by John Thune on 2017-12-6

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-7-10

Maritime Authorization and Enhancement Act for Fiscal Year 2019

S 2717Transportation and Public Works • Introduced by Deb Fischer on 2018-4-19

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-7-9

Fighting Opioid Abuse in Transportation Act

S 2848Transportation and Public Works • Introduced by John Thune on 2018-5-15

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-6-27

Transportation Security Technology Innovation Reform Act of 2018

HR 5730Transportation and Public Works • Introduced by John Katko on 2018-5-9

Has summary

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2018-6-26

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017

S 1405Transportation and Public Works • Introduced by John Thune on 2017-6-22

Has summary

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-5-9

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Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017

This bill reauthorizes through FY2021 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and specified FAA programs.

The bill revises requirements for the airport improvement program and pilot program for passenger facility charges at nonhub airports.

Forward Looking Investment in General Aviation, Hangars, and Tarmacs Act of 2017 or the FLIGHT Act of 2017

The Department of Transportation (DOT) shall implement an expedited and coordinated environmental review process for general aviation airport construction or improvement projects.

DOT shall establish a public-private partnership program for building or improving hangars, businesses, or other facilities at:

  • general aviation airports, and
  • privately owned airports for public use that do not have scheduled air service.

The Government Accountability Office shall review privacy issues and concerns associated with the operation of unmanned aircraft (drones) in the national airspace system.

The FAA shall establish a process for the acceptance of risk-based, consensus safety standards for the safe integration of small drones into such system.

DOT shall issue guidance for the operation of public drones.

The FAA shall develop a plan for the deployment of technologies to detect and mitigate potential airspace safety threats posed by drones.

Drone Operator Safety Act

The bill amends the federal criminal code to make it a crime to operate a drone that knowingly or recklessly interferes with or disrupts the operation of an aircraft carrying one or more occupants in U.S. airspace.

DOT shall establish a Safety Oversight and Certification Advisory Committee.

The FAA shall take specified actions to improve airline passenger safety.

Commercial Balloon Pilot Safety Act of 2017

The bill directs the FAA to revise federal regulations to apply medical certificate of physical fitness requirements that are applicable to pilot flight crewmembers to operators of air balloons.

Fairness for Pilots Act

The bill amends the Pilot's Bill of Rights to revise the authorization for appeal to a federal court by a substantially affected individual from a decision of the National Transportation Safety Board to uphold an adverse FAA order or final decision. The bill specifies the suspension or revocation of an airman certificate as the punitive civil action which may be appealed.

A U.S. district court shall review de novo an FAA denial, suspension, or revocation of an airman certificate.

The bill prescribes certain requirements with respect to improving passenger air service.

Transparency Improvements and Compensation to Keep Every Ticketholder Safe Act of 2017 or the TICKETS Act

The bill prescribes requirements to prohibit an air carrier from denying an air passenger from boarding a flight without the consent of the passenger cleared to board such flight unless such passenger presents a safety, security, or health risk, to oneself or others, or engages in obscene, disruptive, or unlawful behavior.

The bill reauthorizes through FY2021 the essential air service program and the small community air service development program.

NextGen Accountability Act

The bill amends the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 to direct the FAA to establish annual NextGen (i.e., Next Generation Air Transportation System) performance goals for each of the national airspace system performance metrics to meet identified performance metric baselines with respect to NextGen projects.

Saracini Aviation Safety Act of 2017

The FAA shall issue an order requiring the installation of a secondary cockpit barrier on each new aircraft that is manufactured for delivery to a U.S. passenger air carrier.

FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018

HR 4Transportation and Public Works • Introduced by Paul Ryan on 2018-4-13

Has summary

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2018-5-8

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FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018

This bill reauthorizes and extends the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and associated programs through FY2023 at increased levels.

The Department of Transportation's (DOT's) State block grant program is expanded.

The Air Traffic Control Contract Program is modified.

Grant authority for competitive land use planning and projects by state and local governments is extended.

Various requirements are imposed on the FAA, including those for: (1) conducting a review of the relationship between aircraft noise exposure and its effects on communities around airports; (2) establishing a Safety Oversight and Certification Advisory Committee; and (3) convening a multidisciplinary expert review panel to conduct a survey of Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) holders and ODA program applicants to document and assess FAA certification and oversight activities.

The General Accountability Office shall conduct a review to assess the workforce and training needs of the FAA Office of Aviation Safety in the anticipated budgetary environment.

Safety provisions are outlined, which include safety critical staffing provisions, as well as air service improvement provisions, which include a cell phone voice communication ban. Provisions with regard to aviation consumers with disabilities are also outlined.

The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act is amended with respect to wild fire prevention, eligibility for code implementation and enforcement, and program improvements.

FAA Leadership in Groundbreaking High-Tech Research and Development Act or the FLIGHT R&D Act

Appropriations are authorized with respect to various research and development (R&D) related matters including Safety Research and Development programs.

FAA shall appoint an Associate Administrator for Research and Development.

Provisions are set forth regarding unmanned aircraft systems, cybersecurity, and FAA R&D activities.

The Internal Revenue Code is amended with regard to: (1) expenditure authority from the airport and airway trust fund; and (2) extension of taxes funding such trust fund.

Strengthening Local Transportation Security Capabilities Act of 2018

HR 5089Transportation and Public Works • Introduced by Nanette Barragán on 2018-2-26

Has summary

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2018-3-22

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Strengthening Local Transportation Security Capabilities Act of 2018

(Sec. 3) This bill directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to prioritize the assignment of officers and intelligence analysts from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and DHS's Office of Intelligence and Analysis, to locations with participating state, local, and regional fusion centers in jurisdictions with a high-risk surface transportation asset in order to enhance the security of such asset. A "surface transportation asset" includes facilities, equipment, or systems used to provide transportation services by: (1) a public transportation agency, (2) a railroad carrier, (3) an owner or operator of bus services or a bus terminal, or (4) other facilities as determined by DHS.

Officers and intelligence analysts assigned to locations with participating state, local, and regional fusion centers shall participate in the generation and dissemination of transportation security intelligence products, with an emphasis on terrorist and other threats to surface transportation assets that: (1) assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies in deploying their resources; (2) promote more consistent and timely sharing of threat information among jurisdictions; and (3) enhance DHS's situational awareness of such terrorist and other threats.

(Sec. 4) The TSA shall: (1) make available to public and private sector stakeholders a framework for establishing an integrated and unified operations center responsible for overseeing daily operations of a transportation facility that promotes coordination for responses to terrorism, serious incidents, and other purposes; and (2) report to the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on operations centers at transportation facilities at which the TSA has a presence.

(Sec. 5) DHS, may develop, through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, a training program to enhance the protection, preparedness, and response capabilities of law enforcement agencies with respect to terrorism and other serious incidents at a surface transportation asset.

Air Cargo Security Improvement Act of 2018

HR 4176Transportation and Public Works • Introduced by Bennie Thompson on 2017-10-31

Has summary

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2018-3-20

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