Texas Legislation Approved to Enhance Aerospace Office

texas_flagThe Texas Legislature has approved a bill to enhance the role of the state’s Aerospace and Aviation Office in attracting and retaining aerospace industry. The measure was sent to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday.

The legislation would require the office to “develop short-term and long-term policy initiatives or recommend reforms the state may undertake or implement.”

The office would also “make specific short-term and long-term statutory, administrative, and budget-related recommendations to the legislature and the governor regarding the policy initiatives and reforms. The short-term recommendations must include two-year and four-year plans for state action that may be implemented or achieved on or before September 1, 2019, and September 1, 2021, respectively. The long-term recommendations must include 5-year, 10-year, and 15-year plans for state action that may be implemented or achieved on or before September 1, 2022, September 1, 2027, and September 1, 2032, respectively.”

The bill would also overhaul the membership of the Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee to include representatives of spaceport authorities in Midland and the Brownsville areas.