Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hearing on Stem Cell Education Measure Coming Up

Legislation designed to make stem cell education a part of California's state public school curriculum will be considered on April 29 by the state Senate Education Committee.

The measure, SB 471, cites the California stem cell agency and its research efforts as the impetus for for the proposal.

The bill by Sen. Gloria Romero, D-East Los Angeles, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, says that the state Board of Education as well as the community colleges, the state college system and the University of California "should collaborate to help CIRM advance its education initiatives." The Board of Education controls matters in grades kindergarten through 12. Romero (pictured) heads the Senate Education Committee.

Her bill was discussed at a meeting of the CIRM directors' Legislative Subcommittee on March 31.

No transcript of the meeting is yet available, but a spokesman for CIRM, Don Gibbons, said recently that no position was taken on the bill, along with another measure aimed at ensuring affordable access to any therapies developed with CIRM-funded research.

Gibbons said,

"They just felt the bills were not sufficiently fleshed out to have a formal position taken."
The affordable access bill, SB 343 by Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose, is a somewhat altered version of a measure opposed by CIRM last year and vetoed by the governor. The bill is now before the Senate Health Committee but no hearing date has been scheduled. Alquist is chair of the Health Committee.

As to whether the full CIRM board will consider the legislation at its meeting April 28-29, Gibbons said,
"Who knows if the full board will take it up at the end of the month. "


  1. If only there was a stem cell book for children available that was geared towards stem cell education and awareness with a fun theme, engaging characters, beautiful illustrations and an impartial stance. If only...

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