SB 284 Commercial space flight; funding and oversight.
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Summary as enacted with Governor's Recommendation: (all summaries)

Commercial space flight; funding and oversight. Reconstitutes the Board of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority by reducing the number of Board members from 13 to nine and providing for all current appointments to the Board to expire on July 1, 2012. The bill provides that as of a certain date current employees of the Authority could elect not to be employed by the Authority. Any employee (i) making such election who is not rehired by another state agency or (ii) not making the election but who is not offered an opportunity to remain with the Authority would be eligible for severance benefits under the Workforce Transition Act. The bill allows the Authority to establish an alternative to the Virginia Retirement System defined benefit retirement plan for its employees as well as alternative health insurance, deferred compensation, and disability benefit plans. The bill makes several other changes to the administrative powers and duties of the Authority.

The bill limits to $50 million the outstanding principal amount of non-revenue bonds issued by the Authority at all times. For the five-fiscal year period ending June 30, 2017, each fiscal year the bill transfers $9.5 million from the Transportation Trust Fund to the Commonwealth Space Flight Fund administered by the Board of Directors of the Authority to support the capital needs, maintenance, and operating costs of facilities owned and operated by the Authority.

This bill is identical to HB 813.

Full text:
01/10/12  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103597D  pdf | impact statement
02/08/12  Senate: Committee substitute printed 12105117D-S1  pdf | impact statement
02/08/12  Senate: Substitute bill reprinted 12105117D-S1  pdf | impact statement
02/27/12  House: Committee substitute printed 12105652D-H1  pdf | impact statement
03/10/12  Senate: Conference substitute printed 12106074D-S2  pdf
03/15/12  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB284ER)  pdf | impact statement
04/18/12  Senate: Reenrolled bill text (SB284ER2)  pdf
04/18/12  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0817)  pdf

Conference amendments
Governor's recommendation

01/10/12  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103597D
01/10/12  Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
02/08/12  Senate: Reported from Finance with substitute (13-Y 2-N)
02/08/12  Senate: Committee substitute printed 12105117D-S1
02/08/12  Senate: Substitute bill reprinted 12105117D-S1
02/09/12  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/10/12  Senate: Read second time
02/10/12  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/10/12  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 12105117D-S1
02/10/12  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB284S1
02/13/12  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/15/12  House: Placed on Calendar
02/15/12  House: Read first time
02/15/12  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/17/12  House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation
02/27/12  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
02/27/12  House: Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
02/27/12  House: Committee substitute printed 12105652D-H1
02/28/12  House: Read second time
02/29/12  House: Read third time
02/29/12  House: Committee substitute agreed to 12105652D-H1
02/29/12  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB284H1
02/29/12  House: Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/29/12  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
02/29/12  Senate: House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N)
02/29/12  House: House insisted on substitute
02/29/12  House: House requested conference committee
02/29/12  Senate: Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N)
02/29/12  Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
02/29/12  Senate: Senators: Watkins, Herring, Wagner
02/29/12  House: Conferees appointed by House
02/29/12  House: Delegates: May, Sherwood, Scott, J.M.
03/10/12  House: Conference report agreed to by House (94-Y 2-N)
03/10/12  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (94-Y 2-N)
03/10/12  Senate: Conference substitute printed 12106074D-S2
03/10/12  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 1-N)
03/15/12  Senate: Enrolled
03/15/12  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB284ER)
03/15/12  House: Signed by Speaker
03/17/12  Senate: Signed by President
04/09/12  Senate: Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/17/12  Senate: Placed on Calendar
04/18/12  Senate: Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N)
04/18/12  House: House concurred in Governor's recommendation (95-Y 0-N)
04/18/12  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 0-N)
04/18/12  Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted
04/18/12  Senate: Reenrolled
04/18/12  Senate: Reenrolled bill text (SB284ER2)
04/18/12  Senate: Signed by President as reenrolled
04/18/12  House: Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/18/12  House: Enacted, Chapter 817 (effective 7/1/12)
04/18/12  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0817)