NM governor signs space travel liability bill (Update)

April 2, 2013 by Jeri Clausing

(AP)—New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation aimed at saving the state's quarter-billion-dollar spaceport and retaining Virgin Galactic as its anchor tenant.

Martinez says the new law protecting commercial space travel companies will prevent lawsuit abuse and make it easier for the industry to thrive in New Mexico.

Officials at Virgin Galactic and Spaceport America have been fighting for years to get the legislation enacted, saying commercial space companies have passed over New Mexico in favor of states with more lenient liability exemptions.

Virgin Galactic had hinted last year that it might abandon plans to launch its $200,000-per-person space flights from New Mexico if the bill failed again.

Virgin Galactic President and CEO George Whitesides called Tuesday's signing a vital milestone.

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Lurker2358
2 / 5 (2) Apr 02, 2013
Like what?

Random rocket part crashes through your house and injures your family?

Why do they get special treatment, which makes them above the law of ordinary people?
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (4) Apr 02, 2013
Why do they get special treatment, which makes them above the law of ordinary people?

The govt wants to plunder their business (taxes).
This is how crony capitalism (aka socialism) works.
Lurker2358
3.7 / 5 (3) Apr 02, 2013
The govt wants to plunder their business (taxes).
This is how crony capitalism (aka socialism) works.


Idiot, the government is giving them a free pass if they have certain types of accidental damages.
Maggnus
5 / 5 (3) Apr 02, 2013
Idiot, the government is giving them a free pass if they have certain types of accidental damages.


Heh!

As far as I understand it, the liability extension relates to the passengers, not people on the ground. Essentially, as I understand it, the new law prevents the passengers from suing in the event of an incident, even if there is some degree of negligence on the part of the company doing the launch.

It does not affect people on the ground, nor does it prevent suits where gross negligence is alledged.
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (4) Apr 02, 2013
The govt wants to plunder their business (taxes).
This is how crony capitalism (aka socialism) works.


Idiot, the government is giving them a free pass if they have certain types of accidental damages.

That's what I said. That's how crony capitalism works. Business and govts collude to socialize risk. Govts hope to gain tax revenue from the protected businesses.
Maggnus
5 / 5 (1) Apr 02, 2013
See! He sees socialists everywhere. What a poor delusional fellow.
ScooterG
1 / 5 (2) Apr 02, 2013
Follow the money. Few groups are more self-serving than attorneys.

If you really want to hurl, research attorney errors and omissions lawsuit limitations.
Lurker2358
2.5 / 5 (2) Apr 03, 2013
So what? It's a "Fly at your own risk" law?

Maybe that isn't so bad after all.

I can see it now:

"I, Insert Name, do understand that Virgin Galactic accepts no responsibility for any injury I may, and probably will, receive while on this flight."

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