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Next Review Date: None
Last Review Cycle: 2002-2003 Review Cycle - 78th Legislative Session
Final Results of Last Sunset Review
The Legislature created the Texas Space Commission in 1987 to encourage economic development of industries related to the commercialization of space, renaming it the Texas Aerospace Commission in 1993. The Commission helps recruit and expand aerospace industries in Texas; administers state grant funds to assist with the establishment of spaceports (reusable launch facilities); and helps promote space-related research. The Commission currently operates with a staff of three, and its annual appropriation is $212,815.
Senate Bill 269 contained the Sunset Commission’s recommendation to clarify the Commission’s mission and continue it for 12 years. However, this bill did not pass. Instead, the Legislature adopted Senate Bill 275 that transfers the functions of the Texas Aerospace Commission to the Aerospace and Aviation Office, within the newly-created Texas Economic Development and Tourism Office in the Governor’s Office. Transferring these functions will result in an annual savings of $127,689. The list below summarizes the major provisions of S.B. 275 that relate to the Texas Aerospace Commission.
- Clarify the Texas Aerospace Commission’s Mission as Fostering the Development of Both the Aerospace and Aviation Industries.
- Transfer the Functions of the Texas Aerospace Commission to the Texas Economic Development and Tourism Office.