Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport; JCOTS to study enhanced development of cargo, etc. (SJ380)

Introduced By

Sen. Nick Rerras (R-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport; report. Establishes a joint subcommittee to study the enhanced development of cargo, space exploration, and space tourism at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. In conducting its study, the joint subcommittee shall (i) identify any federal or state regulatory impediments, including taxation, to the development of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport; (ii) identify threats to the spaceport%92s viability, such as encroachment, zoning, mineral exploration and exploitation, and noncompatible uses of the spaceport; (iii) identify potential economic development opportunities and marketing strategies to attract launch companies to Virginia; (iv) identify potential state legal barriers to human spaceflight, including liability and assumption of risk issues; (v) identify specific areas where the Commonwealth needs to invest in infrastructure and marketing in order to enable the achievement of the spaceport's full potential; and (vi) develop a long-term strategic plan to make the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport the premiere commercial hub for space travel in the United States. Read the Bill »


02/27/2007: Passed the Senate


01/09/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 075725804
01/09/2007Referred to Committee on Rules
02/02/2007Committee substitute printed 076118804-S1
02/02/2007Reported from Rules with substitute
02/05/2007Reading waived (39-Y 0-N)
02/05/2007VOTE: (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2007Read second time
02/06/2007Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2007Committee substitute agreed to 076118804-S1
02/06/2007Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SJ380S1
02/06/2007Reading waived (38-Y 0-N)
02/06/2007VOTE: (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2007Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/06/2007Communicated to House
02/09/2007Placed on Calendar
02/09/2007Referred to Committee on Rules
02/16/2007Taken up
02/16/2007Committee amendment agreed to
02/16/2007Engrossed by House as amended
02/16/2007Agreed to by House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
02/16/2007VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007House amendment agreed to by Senate
02/27/2007Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ380ER)