published Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Tac Air bill delayed until next year in Tennessee

NASHVILLE — The Senate Transportation Committee today deferred legislation wading into a dispute between Tac Air and Chattanooga’s airport authority until next year.

Privately owned TAC Air provides fuel and hangar space for private airplanes at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. It is seeking to block future use of grants from the state's Transportation Equity Fund that local officials have used to set up a competing fixed-base operation run by another firm.

“I don’t think any of us want tax dollars to be used to compete with the private sector,” said Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plain, the bill’s sponsor.

But noting the issue is “hot,” Niceley said, “I think we need a little time to cool this off.” He requested the bill be delayed until next year.

The bill was also heard in the House Transportation Subcommittee today. It was delayed until next week.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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