Aerospace companies are on the verge of receiving liability protection in the event passengers are harmed or die during space travel.

The Florida Senate approved SB 1318 last week. If approved by the House and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the measure would create some immunity from personal injury or wrongful death civil lawsuits, according to media reports.

“The state wants to create jobs and so they want to pass this legislation to attract employers and attract those aerospace companies to fly from Florida,” said Mark J. Sundahl, professor of law and director of the Global Space Law Center at Cleveland State University College of Law. “They do that by giving them this honey of limited liability.”

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