Richardson to lobby for Calif. spaceport

Associated Press Published: October 30, 2012
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Gov. Bill Richardson, who championed development of New Mexico's spaceport, is going to work for California's spaceport.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/TRSCQQ ), Richardson will sign a contract to lobby for Mojave Air and Space Port. Officials told the paper he is being hired to help them get so-called informed consent legislation passed. New Mexico has been trying for two years to get the same law passed, but has been blocked by trial lawyers in the Legislature. The law would exempt space craft parts suppliers from most civil lawsuits,.

Spaceport America says New Mexico needs the law to attract more business. Virgin Galactic, which plans to launch space tourism flights, is the anchor tenant at New Mexico's spaceport. But officials say other companies have bypassed New Mexico for states that have the exemption already on the books.