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TRAIL BLAZERS Blog | The Dallas Morning News

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2009 by David Granovsky

senateSenate to kick embryonic stem cell fight to budget conferees

1:29 PM Wed, Apr 01, 2009

CAPITOL ALMANAC.JPGThe Senate decided to punt the embryonic stem cell research controversy to House-Senate budget negotiators, according to Sen. Kip Averitt, R-Waco.

In their lunchtime huddle behind closed doors, senators decided not to try to rewrite today the embryonic stem cell research funding ban, Averitt said. As passed by the Finance Committee, 6-5, last week, the provision bars using funds in the budget for research that involves destruction of human embryos. Averitt said had he been present last week, he would have voted against and the provision would have died on a tie vote — assuming Ogden couldn’t find another “aye” vote.

Also being sent on to conferees, and not fixed on the floor today: A provision that would expand a managed care approach in Medicaid, to rural areas. It supposedly would save the state $7 million but would cost safety net hospitals in rural Texas as much as $200 million in federal matching funds for hospitals treating a lot of poor, uninsured people.

via TRAIL BLAZERS Blog | The Dallas Morning News.


State House votes to outlaw embryonic stem cell research |

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , on March 17, 2009 by David Granovsky

stem-cell-science-ethics-politicsState House votes to outlaw embryonic stem cell research

Last Update: 3/12 1:50 pm

Research requiring the destruction of unborn children would be illegal under legislation approved Thursday by the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

House Bill 1326, by state Rep. Mike Reynolds, makes it illegal for any Oklahoma business to conduct research that would kill a human embryo or subject an unborn child to a substantial risk of death or injury.

“For me personally, this is the single-most important issue we deal with as legislators: protecting the right to life,” said Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City. “The idea that we should condone the harvesting of children for ‘well intentioned’ research runs counter to all morality. Human embryos are human beings and the state cannot condone their destruction for research purposes.”

“The inalienable right to life is fundamental to all our liberties as Americans,” said Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa. “Protecting that right means we must protect all citizens, and that includes the most innocent lives: unborn children.”

“There are different stages of life and the first stage of life – an embryo – deserves protection and respect just as much as other children, adults, and the elderly,” said state Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City.

House Bill 1326 passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on an 82-6 vote. It now proceeds to the state Senate.

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General Assembly 2009 Half Time Report

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2009 by David Granovsky


“The governor’s proposed budget (HB1600) was passed on Feb. 12 with several amendments by the House of Delegates. These amendments were created by the House Appropriations Committee and resulted in unsuccessful objections by House Democrats to several harmful amendments in such areas as education (K-12 and higher ed.), stem cell research, energy and water quality improvement. The Senate has decided to wait until at least Feb. 18 before considering the governor’s introduced budget. The Senate wanted to wait until the January revenue data was available and for the details of what Virginia would receive from the recent federal economic stimulus package. The Speaker of the House decided to not wait.”

General Assembly 2009 Half Time Report

By Del. Chuck Caputo (D-67) -Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The 2009 legislative session reached halftime this past week with the event known as crossover. This is when both the Senate and House of Delegates complete work on each chamber’s own legislation with the exception of the state budget. Now, we in the House can only consider the Senate’s bills (and vice versa). About 2,300 bills and resolutions were introduced this year and about half are still alive. So, here’s a rundown of some of the significant pieces of legislation:

via General Assembly 2009 Half Time Report.