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Immunity for Space Travel Bill on Governor's Desk

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I posted earlier about this inane idea to pass a law to immunize from liability these groups who are developing commercial space flights. Now the bill sits on the Governor’s desk and I suppose he is seriously considering one more immunity bill for Virginia.

(I’m not against space flight for real people. Great if you can afford it, I imagine. )

What I do think is wrong is for the state to grant immunity from lawsuits to ANY business. The question must be asked: why grant immunity for lawsuits for injuries to one man’s business and not another? This MARS group is certainly in this business to make a profit. Same as me and I have no problem with that. That’s why any of us start a business, the make a profit.

Tort law hold individuals and businesses accountable for their negligence and carelessness. (It was tort law that forced the medical profession to correctly mark the “nitrogen” and “oxygen” valves on the anesthesia machines after people were dying because folks couldn’t hook the machines up correctly.)

Granting immunity to anyone absolves them, in advance, for their carelessness and reduces the incentive to be careful (which is one of the primary reasons for tort law.

Now that’s a great gig if you can get it.