Assembly Joint Resolution No. 8–Committee on
Elections, Procedures, and Ethics

February 19, 1999

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Declared an Emergency Measure

 

SUMMARY—Expresses support for development of SPACEPORT NEVADA and other commercial activities at Nevada Test Site and commends Nevada Congressional Delegation for its continued support of Nevada Test Site Development Corporation. (BDR R-1531)

FISCAL NOTE: Effect on Local Government: No.

Effect on the State or on Industrial Insurance: No.

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EXPLANATION – Matter in bolded italics is new; matter between brackets [omitted material] is material to be omitted. Green numbers along left margin indicate location on the printed bill (e.g., 5-15 indicates page 5, line 15).

 

ASSEMBLY JOINT RESOLUTIONExpressing support for the development of

SPACEPORT NEVADA and other commercial activities at the Nevada Test Site and

commending the Nevada Congressional Delegation for its continued support of the

Nevada Test Site Development Corporation.

1-1 Whereas, For many years the residents of the State of Nevada have

1-2 contributed to the national security of the United States through their

1-3 support of the Nevada Test Site; and

1-4 Whereas, Many sacrifices were made by the residents of the State of

1-5 Nevada which contributed to the victory of the United States in the Cold

1-6 War through the technologies which were developed and advanced at the

1-7 Nevada Test Site; and

1-8 Whereas, In appreciation of these sacrifices, any new commercial uses

1-9 of the Nevada Test Site authorized by the United States Department of

1-10 Energy must benefit the residents of the State of Nevada through new

1-11 employment opportunities, development of high technology industries and

1-12 jobs, and economic diversification; and

1-13 Whereas, The Nevada Test Site Development Corporation, a

1-14 nonprofit, community-based organization representative of business,

1-15 finance, education, government and concerned residents of this state, was

1-16 created as a community reuse organization to support and sponsor new

1-17 economic development projects at the Nevada Test Site; and

2-1 Whereas, The mission of the Nevada Test Site Development

2-2 Corporation is to promote and encourage economic diversification through

2-3 the development of science and technology in the State of Nevada; and

2-4 Whereas, The growth of science and technology in this state would be

2-5 enhanced by the creation of a commercial aerospace industry in the State

2-6 of Nevada; and

2-7 Whereas, The commercial aerospace industry has indicated to the

2-8 Nevada Test Site Development Corporation a need for the development of

2-9 a spaceport that would provide an appropriate environment to test

2-10 proposed launch vehicles with reusable capabilities; and

2-11 Whereas, On August 18, 1997, former Secretary of Energy Federico

2-12 Peña signed an Economic Development Use Permit with the Nevada Test

2-13 Site Development Corporation that allows aerospace activities in certain

2-14 areas of the Nevada Test Site; and

2-15 Whereas, Kistler Aerospace has signed an agreement with the Nevada

2-16 Test Site Development Corporation to site their launch and recovery

2-17 operation in the State of Nevada and other aerospace companies including

2-18 VentureStar have expressed an interest in using the Nevada Test Site for

2-19 commercial aerospace operation; and

2-20 Whereas, Because of this interest and requirements for the

2-21 development of aerospace technologies, the Nevada Test Site Development

2-22 Corporation created SPACEPORT NEVADA to facilitate aerospace

2-23 activities at the Nevada Test Site; and

2-24 Whereas, On August 19, 1998, former Governor Bob Miller stated in

2-25 support of SPACEPORT NEVADA that "This effort will prove a great

2-26 benefit for all Nevadans"; and

2-27 Whereas, Governor Kenny Guinn recently was quoted as saying

2-28 "SPACEPORT NEVADA will launch Nevada into the new millennium by

2-29 creating the types of jobs our school children will need in the future"; and

2-30 Whereas, SPACEPORT NEVADA will work cooperatively with

2-31 industry leaders to form cooperative ventures that will provide

2-32 comprehensive support for its aerospace customers including Kistler

2-33 Aerospace today and VentureStar and others tomorrow; and

2-34 Whereas, SPACEPORT NEVADA will provide various launch

2-35 services that will encourage and attract other aerospace activities including

2-36 businesses involved in the manufacturing industry for aerospace

2-37 technology; and

2-38 Whereas, SPACEPORT NEVADA will advance the State of Nevada

2-39 to the next plateau in economic development by creating high-value jobs

2-40 that will strengthen the economy, improve the standard of living, elevate

2-41 the quality of education and create a new high-tech industry in this state;

2-42 now, therefore, be it

3-1 Resolved by the Assembly and Senate of the State of Nevada,

3-2 Jointly, That the members of the 70th session of the Nevada Legislature

3-3 do hereby commend the efforts of the 60-member Board of Directors of

3-4 the Nevada Test Site Development Corporation for their support and

3-5 encouragement in the development of SPACEPORT NEVADA; and be it

3-6 further

3-7 Resolved, That the Nevada Legislature further commends the efforts

3-8 of the Nevada Test Site Development Corporation in obtaining a spaceport

3-9 operator’s license from the Federal Aviation Administration and for its

3-10 efforts in making SPACEPORT NEVADA the location for commercial

3-11 aerospace operations; and be it further

3-12 Resolved, That the Nevada Legislature hereby commends the Nevada

3-13 Congressional Delegation, consisting of Senators Harry Reid and Richard

3-14 Bryan and Congressman Jim Gibbons and Congresswoman Shelly

3-15 Berkley, for its vision and continued support of the Nevada Test Site

3-16 Development Corporation’s SPACEPORT NEVADA; and be it further

3-17 Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly prepare and transmit

3-18 a copy of this resolution to Governor Kenny Guinn and each member of

3-19 the Nevada Congressional Delegation; and be it further

3-20 Resolved, That this resolution becomes effective upon passage and

3-21 approval.

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