Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Stem Cell Legislation to Rise Again

In California's Capitol, few things are certain – even death and taxes.

Particularly the death of legislation.

Few measures ever truly die, they just are reincarnated in one fashion or another. Such is the case with the stem cell measure (SB18) vetoed recently by our governor. It would have required a performance audit of the California stem cell agency and provided protection for egg donors.

The bill by Sen. Deborah Ortiz, D-Sacramento, cleared the legislature with only two votes against it. But only one vote really counted – Arnold's.

Her office says the measure will rise once more when the legislature returns. Some changes are likely, but the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine cannot rest easy yet.

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