Military Aviation Safety Bill Passes Texas House, Senate

Both chambers of the Texas legislature pass committee changes to Senate Bill 277 that seeks to protect military installations from interference generated by wind energy developments.

S.B. 277 would eliminate tax breaks for companies building wind farms within 25 miles of military airspace.

The bill is sponsored by 69th District Rep. James Frank, who also authored companion legislation in the Texas House of Representatives.

"We should not use Texas economic development incentives -- and taxpayer dollars-- to undercut vital national security operations. We also should not use economic development incentives in a way that will hinder economic development in Texas," said Rep. Frank. 

The bill passed in the Senate by a 19-11 vote and in the House, 97-47.

"Many of the communities affected by SB 277 depend on aviation bases for their economic livelihood. If we lose any of these bases to the next round of the Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) process, we also lose those economic benefits," said Rep. Frank.

The bill now goes to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk for approval.


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