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.
   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,
   39  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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.