2011 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Conference Report)

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Commercial Spaceflight Authority (language only)

Item 436 #1c

Item 436 #1c

Transportation, Secretary of

Page 379, after line 11, insert:
"E.1. Oversight of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority is hereby transferred from the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to the Secretary of Transportation.  The Secretary of Transportation shall conduct a review of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority and the Aerospace Advisory Council and make recommendations on operational and competitive needs.  The review shall include, but not be limited too, the adequacy of the composition of the Board of Directors, the competitive standing of the aerospace industry within the region and nationally, identification of other states which provide competition for commercial spaceflight investments and the corresponding governmental organizations and their funding levels.  The Secretary of Transportation shall report to the Chairmen of the House and Senate Committees on Transportation, the House Appropriations Committee, and the Senate Finance Committee no later than December 1, 2011.
2.  Upon completion of the operational report by the Secretary of Transportation, the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority shall develop a comprehensive Virginia Aerospace Strategic Plan to increase the competitiveness of the Virginia aerospace industry.  The strategic plan shall be delivered to the Secretary of Transportation for his consideration no later than December 1, 2012.  
F. Out of the amounts included in Item 437, up to $1,500,000 the second year from aviation nongeneral fund sources shall be provided to the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority."

(This amendment synthesizes the complimentary roles of Virginia's Commercial Spaceflight Authority and the Transportation Secretariat. The Department of Aviation currently supports operations of the Aerospace Advisory Council. There is a companion amendment in Item 114 that transfers funding responsibility of the Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority to the Department of Aviation.)