On a voice vote, the Senate on Monday gave preliminary approval to legislation spelling out that would-be space travelers can legally waive their right to sue if injured.

HB 2163 was sought by Tucson-based Paragon Space Development Corp. It wants to use helium balloons to launch a capsule with two crew members and six passengers to 20 miles above the earth and have it glide back with a steerable parachute.

Company CEO Taber MacCallum said his liability insurance carriers want a clear provision in Arizona law that passengers can waive their right to sue for death or injury. The measure, which still requires final Senate approval, contains exceptions for intentional acts or any gross negligence showing “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of the space flight participant.”

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