Spaceport liability bills adopted by Senate, House

[private]Coastal area lawmakers have been able to secure passage of bills that would remove legal liability from spaceflight operators in the event that a spaceport is actually opened in Camden County.

HB 1 and SB 46 provide that “a space flight entity shall not be civilly liable to or criminally responsible for any person for a space flight participant injury arising out of inherent risks associated with any space flight activities.”

The bills’ sponsors, Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) and Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick), said Georgia would be a more inviting state for potential spaceport development if operators knew they couldn’t be sued when a rocket exploded and killed its passengers.

The Senate passed SB 46 on Wednesday and the House voted Thursday to approve HB 1.

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