Space Florida issued a press release Thursday summarizing a two-day “U.S. States and Federal Government Space Forum” it hosted in Orlando earlier this week. The release provides only top-level details about the closed-door event “to enhance working relationships” among various government agencies and companies. Attendees included Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll and Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (who is also chairman of the Aerospace States Association), as well as unnamed representatives from several federal agencies, state legislators and industry representatives from eight states, and representatives from launch services companies (although the categorization of SES, a major satellite operator, as a launch service company alongside SpaceX and ULA looks odd.) A more detailed summary of the meeting will be released within 90 days by the Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies, which facilitated the meeting; an “update” meeting is planned for April at the National Space Symposium in Colorado.
Legislation that would limit liability for commercial spaceflight providers in New Mexico was formally endorsed Thursday by a state senate committee, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported Friday. The bill would be similar to existing legislation in Florida, Texas, and Virginia that would protect companies from lawsuits stemming from accidents that resulted in the injury or death of spaceflight participants, with exceptions for those accidents caused by gross negligence. The legislation passed the finance committee of the New Mexico Senate on a 12-0 vote, and will be taken up by the full legislature in its next session in January. Similar legislation was introduced earlier this year but failed to pass.