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Friday, February 29, 2008

Florida Seeks Virginia-like Spaceflight Liability and Immunity Law in 2008

The Space Politics blog notes that the Florida state legislature is endeavoring to pursue passage of legislation to provide immunity from liability from a space flight mishap similar to what was enacted in Virginia one year ago. If passed, Florida would be the second state in the nation to provide a pro-commercial space launch law [limiting lability]. behind Virginia. Space advocates are discussing prospects for spaceflight liability immunity legislation in the California legislature as well.

2 comments:

ellegood said...

You write that "Florida would be the second state in the nation to provide a pro-commercial space launch law behind Virginia."

Florida in 1989 passed the first spaceport authority act, and related legislation that provides tax incentives for space business. Rocket fuels are exempt from Florida fuels excise tax, and spaceflight hardware is exempt from Florida sales and use tax.

FYI

JackKennedy said...

Virginia is the only state in the nation to have expressed in statute an space flight informed consent. Let us hope that Florida is next.

I do enjoy reading your work and having the benefit of your input.