SANTA FE (AP) — Lawmakers are trying to finish work on a proposal that supporters say will help New Mexico develop a commercial space travel industry.
The House is expected to consider a bill Thursday to limit the liability of spacecraft manufacturers and their suppliers.
An identical measure has passed the Senate and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez backs the proposal.
Virgin Galactic plans to fly tourists into space from New Mexico's spaceport and a 2010 law protects it, as a space travel operator, from being sued in most cases by passengers or their families if there is an accident during a flight.
The legislation will extend liability limitations to suppliers and manufacturers of spacecraft and their components.
Spaceport promoters say the liability shield is needed to attract space industry companies to New Mexico.