Senate Committee Approves Amendment To Revise Proposition 71
The Senate Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments Committee on Wednesday voted 5-0 to pass an amendment (SCA 13) that would revise provisions of Proposition 71, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday plans to consider the amendment.
The amendment, co-sponsored by Sens. Deborah Ortiz (D-Sacramento) and George Runner (R-Lancaster), would require the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee to comply with conflict-of-interest provisions similar to those approved this year by NIH (San Jose Mercury News, 5/19).
The Senate Health Committee last month approved the amendment, which would apply state open meeting and record laws to CIRM and ICOC. In addition, research grants would include provisions for possible state royalties (California Healthline, 5/18).
To take effect, the amendment must receive approval by a two-thirds majority by both cambers of the Legislature, as well as a majority of California voters (San Jose Mercury News, 5/19).