House Bill 1 is Signed Into Georgia Law

ATLANTA (May 9, 2017) | On Monday, May 8, 2017, Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 1, the Georgia Space Flight Act, into Georgia law. Sen. Bruce Thompson (R – White) carried the bill and is a long-time supporter of science based industries in Georgia, as signified by his Chairmanship of the Senate Science and Technology Committee.

“This legislation signifies the beginning of a new industry in Georgia, spaceflight,” said Sen. Thompson. “Our strong economy is solidified by our willingness to work with industries and our promise to keep Georgia the best state in which to do business. I am excited about the future of Georgia as a state that leads the nation in spaceflight, and am so happy to see HB 1 receive such strong support from my colleagues, the Governor and citizens statewide.”

HB 1 will allow the State of Georgia to govern space flight liability lawsuits regarding spaceflight and will minimize the tort liability for space flight operators when a participant is injured during space flight operations and a written waiver was signed, except in the case of gross negligence or intentional misconduct. This legislation will go into effect on July 1, 2017.

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For Immediate Release:
May 9, 2017

For Information Contact:

Ines Owens, Acting Director
Elisabeth Fletcher, Communications Associate