California Stem-Cell Panel's First Meeting Falls Short of Goals

Saskal, Rich
December 2004
Bond Buyer;12/20/2004, Vol. 350 Issue 32033, p7
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The article reports that the inaugural meeting of the panel charged with overseeing $3 billion of California bonds to be issued for stem cell research did not go off without a hitch. Most of the agenda was scampered after open-government advocates raised concerns about the amount of public notice given for the first scheduled meeting of the Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The oversight panel is the governing board for the institute created under Proposition 71, the $3 billion general obligation bond authorization California voters approved in November to finance stem-cell medical research. The 27 members appointed by a variety of government officials under the provisions of the initiative were scheduled to gather on Friday in San Francisco to begin the committee's work--including voting on the selection of a chair and a vice-chair. Under the rules set out in the initiative, four different state officials nominated a chair, and the committee was to select a chair from those nominees.


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