Hynes stem cell proposal to be put to referendum
Two days of legislative debate ended Thursday with a victory for proponents of stem cell research.
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed legislation to place a referendum on the November 2006 ballot asking voters to support stem cell research in Illinois.
Approval would permit the state to sell $1 billion worth of bonds to create the Illinois Regenerative Medicine Institute, which would award stem cell research grants to Illinois universities and institutions over a 10-year period.
"We need to provide researchers the tools and capabilities to conduct their research within an ethical and moral framework in order to provide cures for many diseases and conditions," said state Comptroller Dan Hynes, who drafted the legislation, Senate Bill 2100