Texas Spaceflight Bills Advance

texas_flagIn addition to a bill that would allow for the closing of Boca Chica Beach for SpaceX launches, three other pieces of space-related legislation are making their way through the Texas Legislature.

The bills, all sponsored by State Rep. John Davis (R-Houston), include:

  • HB 545, which would enable municipalities to establish their own spaceport development corporations;
  • HB 1791, which would align space flight activities in Texas with federal regulations;
  • HB 417, which would require one member of the state’s Aviation Advisory Committee to come from the commercial spaceflight industry.

HB 545 and HB 1791  have been approved by the House and are now before the Senate Economic Development Committee. HB 417 is before the House Transportation Committee for review.