Commercial space flight; funding and oversight. (SB284)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Herring (D-Leesburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Commercial space flight; funding and oversight.  Reconstitutes the Board of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority by reducing the number of Board members from 13 to nine and providing for all current appointments to the Board to expire on July 1, 2012. The bill provides that as of a certain date current employees of the Authority could elect not to be employed by the Authority. Any employee (i) making such election who is not rehired by another state agency, and (ii) not making the election but who is not offered an opportunity to remain with the Authority would be eligible for severance benefits under the Workforce Transition Act. The bill allows the Authority to establish an alternative to the Virginia Retirement System defined benefit retirement plan for its employees. The bill makes several other changes to the administrative powers and duties of the Authority.

The bill provides for $15 million in each fiscal year from the 0.50 percent retail sales and use tax that is dedicated to the Transportation Trust Fund to be set aside as the Commonwealth Space Flight Fund, to be used to support the capital needs, maintenance, and operating costs of facilities owned and operated by the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority.


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12
01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103597D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Finance
02/03/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB284)
02/06/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB284)
02/08/2012Reported from Finance with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2012Committee substitute printed 12105117D-S1
02/08/2012Substitute bill reprinted 12105117D-S1
02/09/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2012Read second time
02/10/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105117D-S1
02/10/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB284S1
02/10/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB284S1)
02/13/2012Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2012Placed on Calendar
02/15/2012Read first time
02/15/2012Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/17/2012Assigned App. sub: Transportation
02/27/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
02/27/2012Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Committee substitute printed 12105652D-H1
02/28/2012Read second time
02/28/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB284H1)
02/29/2012Read third time
02/29/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105652D-H1
02/29/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB284H1
02/29/2012Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/29/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2012House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2012House insisted on substitute
02/29/2012House requested conference committee
02/29/2012Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2012Conferees appointed by Senate
02/29/2012Senators: Watkins, Herring, Wagner
02/29/2012Conferees appointed by House
02/29/2012Delegates: May, Sherwood, Scott, J.M.
03/10/2012Conference report agreed to by House (94-Y 2-N)
03/10/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (94-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2012Conference substitute printed 12106074D-S2
03/10/2012Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/15/2012Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB284ER)
03/15/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB284ER)
03/15/2012Signed by Speaker
03/17/2012Signed by President
04/09/2012Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/17/2012Placed on Calendar
04/18/2012Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012House concurred in Governor's recommendation (95-Y 0-N)
04/18/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/18/2012Reenrolled bill text (SB284ER2)
04/18/2012Signed by President as reenrolled
04/18/2012Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/18/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 817 (effective 7/1/12)
04/18/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0817)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 6 clips in all, totaling 7 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB813.