Monday, June 13, 2005

Bustamante Opposes SCA13

The Sacramento Bee carried a brief item on the lieutenant governor and SCA13. Here is the full text:

"In a last-minute lobbying effort, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante sent a letter last week to senators urging them to block Sen. Deborah Ortiz's plan to impose new restrictions on the state's stem cell agency.

Bustamante has long backed the agency and had a close relationship with stem cell committee Chairman Robert Klein II, who adamantly opposes Ortiz's proposal. Klein gave $52,400 to Bustamante's campaign account in 2003.

"'Klein didn't ask him to write the letter," said Bustamante spokesman Stephen Green. "It's an issue (Bustamante) feels very strongly about.'"

Currently there is one vacancy on the stem cell agency's Oversight Committee, which Bustamante is due to fill soon with an appointee. Sphere: Related Content

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