Florida Senate - 2020 SB 1260 By Senator Albritton 26-01141-20 20201260__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Florida Space Exploration 3 Monument; creating s. 265.008, F.S.; providing 4 legislative intent; establishing the Florida Space 5 Exploration Monument; providing for administration of 6 the monument by the Department of Management Services; 7 providing for the creation of a design contest and 8 selection committee; requiring the department to 9 develop a plan regarding the monument; requiring the 10 plan to be submitted to the Governor and the 11 Legislature by a specified date; providing an 12 effective date. 13 14 WHEREAS, Florida’s history with space exploration can be 15 traced back to 1865, when Jules Verne envisioned the state as 16 the launch site of the “Columbiad” cannon in his popular novel 17 From the Earth to the Moon, and 18 WHEREAS, in 1950, a rocket known as “Bumper 8” became the 19 first rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, and 20 WHEREAS, in 1969, the National Aeronautics and Space 21 Administration (NASA) and the crew of Apollo 11 undertook the 22 first mission that would land humans on the surface of the moon 23 after launching from the John F. Kennedy Space Center, and 24 WHEREAS, Florida continues to be home to the Cape Canaveral 25 Spaceport, consisting of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center and 26 the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and 27 WHEREAS, the state maintains a robust commercial aerospace 28 industry and highly trained workforce, which has helped 29 contribute technical and scientific knowledge that has allowed 30 Florida to continue to serve as the launch pad of the United 31 States’ achievements in space, and 32 WHEREAS, the establishment of the Florida Space Exploration 33 Monument would not only commemorate the past achievements and 34 contributions of individuals who have made this state a leader 35 in space exploration, but would also serve in the future to 36 inspire individuals to help maintain this state’s role, NOW, 37 THEREFORE, 38 39 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 40 41 Section 1. Section 265.008, Florida Statutes, is created to 42 read: 43 265.008 Florida Space Exploration Monument.— 44 (1) It is the intent of the Legislature to recognize the 45 importance of the role of this state, and its past, current, and 46 future contributions, in space exploration; to honor the state’s 47 residents for their role in humanity’s most daring journey of 48 space exploration; and to honor the contribution of all 49 individuals and their families who have gone unrecognized for 50 their impact on the United States’ achievements in space. 51 (2) There is established the Florida Space Exploration 52 Monument. 53 (a) The monument is administered by the Department of 54 Management Services. 55 (b) The Department of Management Services, in consultation 56 with Space Florida, shall establish a contest for individuals 57 who wish to submit a design for the monument. The department and 58 Space Florida shall appoint a selection committee to choose the 59 design of the monument. 60 (c) The Department of Management Services shall develop a 61 plan for the design, placement, and cost of the monument. The 62 plan must include the designation of an appropriate public area 63 for the monument on the premises of the Capitol Complex, as 64 defined in s. 281.01, not including the State Capital Circle 65 Office Complex. The department shall consider the 66 recommendations of the Florida Historical Commission as required 67 pursuant to ss. 265.111 and 267.0612(9) and shall coordinate 68 with the Division of Historical Resources of the Department of 69 State in developing the plan. The plan must also include the 70 dates for the design contest and the timeframe for the selection 71 committee to review and select a design. The Department of 72 Management Services shall submit the plan to the Governor, the 73 President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of 74 Representatives by March 9, 2021. 75 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.