For Immediate Release
June 3, 2004

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Statement Of Senator Deborah Ortiz On The Announced

Qualification Of Stem Cell Initiative


(SACRAMENTO, CA) — Senator Deborah Ortiz (D-Sacramento), the author of three groundbreaking laws to promote stem cell research in California, today released the following statement on the announced qualification of the proposed California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative:
 
“I am pleased that the proposed California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative has qualified for the November ballot.”
 
“As the author of three groundbreaking laws in California to promote and facilitate stem cell research in California, it is clear to me that what is most needed to move this promising area of research forward is a greater commitment of public resources.  Scientists have repeatedly told us that public investment will jump-start the research, attract greater private investment, and speed up cures and treatments that we all expect the research to provide.”
 
“I look forward to the campaign and the opportunity to take this issue to the voters.”
 
Ortiz is an announced supporter of the proposed initiative.
 
Among the bills passed into the law that Ortiz has authored are:
 
SB 253 of 2002 Authorizes stem cell research in all of its forms to be conducted in California.  Chapter 789, Statutes of 2002.
 
SB 322 of 2003 Requires the state Department of Health Services to convene an oversight committee to develop legal and ethical guidelines for embryonic stem cell research projects in California.  Chapter 506, Statutes of 2003.
 
SB 771 of 2003 Establishes an anonymous registry of embryos in California that are available for research purposes.  Chapter 507, Statutes of 2003.

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