The Senate approved two seeming contradictory amendments on air tours to the comprehensive highway reauthorization bill before passing the legislation in a 74-22 vote March 14. One of the amendments, authored by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), has drawn strong opposition from industry groups because it gives the National Park Service (NPS) almost unchecked authority to regulate air tours over national parks, including the ability to shut them down altogether. The second amendment, sponsored ...


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