Monday, February 07, 2005

Legislative hearings scheduled for March 2

California State Sen. Deborah Ortiz today scheduled a hearing to look into the California stem cell agency, covering everything from conflicts-of-interest to intellectual property rights.

The three-way "informational hearing" will include members from both the Senate and Assembly Health Committee as well as the newly created Senate Subcommittee on Stem Cell Research Oversight.

The hearing will be held on March 2, from 1:30 – 5:00, in Room 4203 of the State Capitol.

The Democratic senator's office said topics of the hearing will include:

"Policies and standards to ensure diversity in Prop. 71 appointments, hiring, and contracting;

"Treatment of intellectual property rights arising from research funded by the ICOC(the oversight committee);

"Application of open meeting laws and standards to ICOC working groups and subcommittee;

"Adoption of conflict of interest and economic disclosure standards for members of the ICOC and its working groups;

"Development of standards to protect research subjects and donors; and

"Prop. 71 auditing and public accountability functions."

Persons interested in testifying should contact the senator's aide at the following email address:

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