110th Congress: Space Law Legislative Round-Up

January 8, 2008 at 3:30 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz and the blog faculty
The start of the new year is an excellent time to take stock of what is happening in Congress regarding space law. Below is a list of all the space law bills and resolutions introduced during the first session of the 110th Congress. Enjoy!

LEGISLATION

H.R. 266: To authorize the President to posthumously award a gold medal on behalf of the Congress to the seven members of the crew of the space shuttle Columbia in recognition of their outstanding and enduring contributions to the Nation.
Status: introduced

H.R. 807: Columbia Space Shuttle Memorial Study Act
Introduced: passed house
Purpose: “To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the feasibility and suitability of establishing a memorial to the Space Shuttle Columbia in the State of Texas and for its inclusion as a unit of the National Park System.”

H.R. 2153: 21st Century Competitiveness Act of 2007
Status: Introduced
Purpose: “To recognize and enhance the contributions of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to the Nation’s competitiveness in the 21st Century, and for other purposes.”

H.R. 2272: America COMPETES Act
Status: enacted
Purpose: “To invest in innovation through research and development, and to improve the competitiveness of the United States.” (Includes a section on NASA).

H.R. 2285: Spaceport Equality Act of 2007
Status: Introduced
Purpose: “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat spaceports like airports under the exempt facility bond rules.”

H.R. 2750: NASA 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act
Status: Passed House
Purpose: “To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.”

H.R. 3737: To provide for National Science Foundation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration utilization of the Arecibo Observatory
Status: Introduced
Purpose: “To provide for National Science Foundation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration utilization of the Arecibo Observatory”

H.R. 4308: NASA Innovation Fund and Sponsorship Act of 2007
Status: introduced
Purpose: “To create a sponsorship program to help fund NASA’s Centennial Challenges prize program and expand public awareness of NASA activities and technology needs, and for other purposes.”

H.R. 4780: To enact title 51, United States Code, “National and Commercial Space Programs”, as positive law.
Status: introduced
Purpose: ” The purpose of this Act is to codify certain existing laws related to national and commercial space programs as a positive law title of the United States Code.”

H.R. 4837: Spacefaring Priorities for America’s Continued Exploration Act
Status: Introduced
Purpose: “To authorize the Space Shuttle to be flown from 2010 through 2015, and to authorize appropriations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for this purpose.”

H.R. 4916: Aeronautics and Space Prize Act
Status: introduced
Purpose: “To create a National Endowment to advance private sector development of aeronautics and space technologies by way of the National Advanced Space and Aeronautical Technologies Prize Award Program.”

H.R. 4917: NEO Preparedness Act
Status: Introduced
Purpose: “To formulate situation and decision analyses, and to select procedures and systems, for deflecting and mitigating potentially hazardous near-Earth objects.”

RESOLUTIONS

H. Res. 357: Supporting the goals and ideals of the Intermediate Space Challenge in Mojave, California
Status: Introduced

H. Res. 421: Honoring the trailblazing accomplishments of the “Mercury 13” women, whose efforts in the early 1960s demonstrated the capabilities of American women to undertake the human exploration of space.
Status: Passed House

H. Res. 891: Celebrating 35 years of space-based observations of the Earth by the Landsat spacecraft and looking forward to sustaining the longest unbroken record of civil Earth observations of the land.
Status: Introduced

H. Res. 906: Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the United States Air Force Space Command headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
Status: Introduced

H. Con. Res. 76: Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the International Geophysical Year (IGY) and its past contributions to space research, and looking forward to future accomplishments.
Status: Passed House and Senate

H. Con. Res. 225: Honoring the 50th anniversary of the dawn of the Space Age, and the ensuing 50 years of productive and peaceful space activities
Status: Passed House

S. Res. 81: A resolution recognizing the 45th anniversary of John Hershel Glenn, Jr.’s historic achievement in becoming the first United States astronaut to orbit the Earth.
Status: Passed Senate

S. Res. 389: A resolution commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the United States Air Force Space Command headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
Status: Passed Senate

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