CALIFORNIA: GOVERNOR SIGNS CANCER RESEARCH LEGISLATION
Gov. Pete Wilson (R) has signed two bills aimed at boostingThis is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
cancer research, Contra Costa Times reports. The first bill (SB
273) will create "a research fund and a 15-member council whose
task will be to find cures for all cancers, particularly prostate
and ovarian cancer." A separate measure (AB 1554)
"appropriate[s] $2 million in the next fiscal year and states the
intent to commit $25 million more the year after" for the council
and its work. According to a spokesperson for Assemblywoman
Lynne Leach (R), co-author of the two bills, state legislators
"will have to lobby the governor to earmark the funds for the
1998-99 fiscal year." California Department of Health Services
figures show that 7,762 Californians died of breast and prostate
cancer in 1994 (Pentildea, 10/20).