Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Legislation, Budget and More on Oversight Committee Table June 2

CIRM's Oversight Committee is scheduled next week to take up sweeping legislation that would make major changes in the operations of the California stem cell agency.

Also on the table at the June 2 meeting in La Jolla are conflict of interest regulations for CIRM working groups, one of the issues involved in the legislation, SB401 by state Sen. Deborah Ortiz, D-Sacramento. Last week Ortiz said she would modify her bill substantially to mollify critics, including removing a provision that would have placed it on the November ballot.

She has indicated that she is not wedded necessarily to a legislative or electoral answer to her concerns. It may well be that the Oversight Committee may find some common ground at its meeting.

Also on the agenda are a report on the efforts to define an intellectual property policy in connection with grants to businesses, the strategic plan, regulations on human stem cell research and the agency's 2006-2007 budget.

Some of the background documents are available on CIRM's Web site, largely ones that have been previously posted for subcommittee meetings. The report from the legislative subcommittee is not yet available nor is the the 2006-2007 budget or additional information on the the conflict of interest regulations. Sphere: Related Content

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