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Space Florida is responsible for advocating the needs of Florida’s space industry to the Florida Legislature and Congress. Legislative support is critical to accomplishing the mission of Space Florida. Funding for spaceport infrastructure, financing and business development by the Florida Legislature has been crucial to Space Florida’s successes. Over $100 million have been appropriated by the Florida Legislature in the past 6 years, proving that the state of Florida is fully supportive of growing both the civil and commercial space industry.

Additionally, significant policy shifts have taken place in favor of Florida at both the state and federal level since Space Florida’s creation. In 2008 Florida adopted spaceflight informed consent laws. In 2011, manufacturers and suppliers were exempted from liability due to the inherent risk of spaceflight. Also, in 2011 the Florida Legislature passed tax credits specific to the space industry. In 2012 space was further incorporated into the Florida Department of Transportation with spaceports currently funded within the five year work program.

Cecil Field spaceport bill moves ahead, minus one key provision

Feb 03, 2012

By Matt Dixon on November 14, 2011

Legislation that could help attract space-related companies to Cecil Field has been fast-tracked in the Florida Senate but was stripped of a major provision Monday that some called an overreach by Florida’s top space organization.

 

In 2010, the Federal Aviation Authority made Cecil Field the nation’s eighth licensed spaceport. The move authorized the facility for horizontal takeoffs and landing of launch vehicles that can reach space.

 

A bill filed by state Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, and state Rep. Lake Ray, R-Jacksonville, would officially designate Cecil Field as a spaceport territory in at the state level. That recognition would allow Space Florida, an independent special district that advocates for the state’s space industry, to offer incentives to attract space-related companies to the area.

 

“It’s really an economic development type thing,” Wise said. “It will bring businesses in.”

 

The designation would also include Cecil Field in Space Florida’s master plan, which includes, among other things, funding infrastructure upgrades.
That part of the bill everyone has agrees on.

 

It has already passed out of all three of its Senate committee’s stops — warp speed as far as legislative timelines go — but a second provision has taken heat and was removed Monday by members of the Senate Consumer Affairs Committee.

 

 

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