Friday, May 16, 2008

CIRM Affordable Access Bill Easily Clears Senate

On a unanimous 40-0 vote, the California State Senate has passed legislation to ensure affordable access to CIRM-financed stem cell therapies and to require a study that could lead to reforms in the agency's complex and unique structure.

The measure (SB 1565) by Sen. Sheila Kuehl(see photo), D-Santa Monica, now goes to the Assembly for further action.

The bill was on a "special consent" calendar Thursday, indicating that no controversy existed concerning it. There is no indication that there was any debate on the measure. The California stem cell agency has taken no position on the legislation.

For more on the bill, see the "patient advocate" item below.

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