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SB 634 — Spaceport Facilities

by Senators Benacquisto, Gaetz, Ring, Gibson, Flores, Fasano, Storms, Norman, Detert, Hays, Siplin, Altman, Bennett, Thrasher, Latvala, and Bogdanoff

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security Committee (MS)

The bill (Chapter 2012-1, L.O.F.) amends s. 331.303, F.S., by defining the term “launch support facilities” and deleting the term “spaceport launch facilities.” “Launch support facilities,” as defined by the bill, means facilities located at launch sites or launch ranges that  are required to support launch activities, including launch vehicle assembly, launch vehicle  operations and control, communications, and flight safety functions, as well as payload  operations, control, and processing. This change is intended to provide an updated definition of spaceport infrastructure for state and federal purposes.

These provisions were approved by the Governor and take effect on July 1, 2012.

Vote: Senate 40-0; House 115-0