2011 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Committee Approved)

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Commercial Spaceflight Authority (language only)

Item 437 #1s

Item 437 #1s

Aviation, Department of

Page 379, following line 11, insert:
"E.1.  The Department of Aviation, in its role supporting the Virginia Aerospace Advisory Council, shall take the necessary steps to develop and publish a Virginia Strategic Plan for Aerospace.  The plan shall include, but not be limited to, a review of the adequacy of the current composition of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority.  The plan shall be prepared for the Virginia Aerospace Advisory Council and presented to the Governor and the Chairman of the Senate Committees on Finance and Transportation and the House Committees on Appropriations and Transportation by December 1, 2011.  
2. In support of the Virginia Strategic Plan for Aerospace, the department will also include the aerospace industry in its competitive analysis of the aviation industry.   The Virginia Aviation and Aerospace Industry Competitive Analysis will compare the Commonwealth’s competitive standing for these two industry sectors within the region and nationally.  Included within this analysis, the department shall identify other states which provide competition for commercial spaceflight investments and the corresponding government organizational structures and funding levels that support commercial aerospace activities.
F. Out of the amounts included in this item, $2,000,000 the second year shall be provided to the Virginia Commercial Spaceflight 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.)