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Legislative Alert: Florida Stem Cell Legislation -- Victory may be just around the corner!
AUTHOR: Melanie Elsey
April 17 2007

SUMMARY

Both Florida House and Senate versions of Stem Cell legislation have been amended to support stem cell research which would not destroy human embryos.

The adult stem-cell bills in the House and Senate are referred to as the “Hope Offered through Principled, Ethically sound stem-cell research Act," or the HOPE Act.

CS/HB 1065 restricts the use of funds for the program described in the bill to research using human adult, amniotic, cord blood, and placental stem cells and prohibits the use of funds for embryonic stem cell research. Its funding is subject to a specific appropriation in the General Appropriations Act.

CS/HB 1065: Rep. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, anitere.flores@ myflorida.house.gov, (850) 488-2831

CS/SB 2496 is basically the same with one major variation. It carries a $20 million annually appropriation from recurring funds in the General Revenue Fund to the Biomedical Research trust Fund, for 10 consecutive years, beginning in the 2007-08 fiscal year.

CS/SB 2496: Sen. Mike Haridopolos, R-Melbourne, haridopolos .mike.web@flsenate.gov, (850) 487-5056

CS/HB 1065 (Flores) was approved this week (16-0) by the Healthcare Council and was passed today (April 13, 2007) by the House Policy and Budget Council. It now heads for the House floor for consideration by all House Members.

CS/SB 2496 (Haridopolos) was approved by the Health Policy Committee (5-1) and is expected to be heard in 4 additional Senate committees: Commerce / Higher Education / Criminal Justice / Health and Human Services Appropriations Committees. Today the bill is in a rule review and if released in time, it will be on the Senate Commerce Committee agenda for Monday, April 16.

ACTION

Action: Time is short!

Please contact the sponsors of each bill (referenced above) and express your appreciation for their leadership in support of critical medical research that is effective and, at the same time, respectful of the need to protect life.

If you are a citizen of Florida, please contact your own state representative and state senator immediately. Ask for their support of CS/HB 1065 and CS/SB 2496.