In Maryland, the Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich has announced that he will propose spending $20 million of state funds on stem cell research. The story is reported in the Washington Post, among other sources. It is undetermined whether the money will be spent on embryonic stem cell research, and the proposal appears to lack a lot of specifics now. The Maryland Gazette reports that he will be issuing a “major statement on stem cell research” today.
In New York, a $300 million stem cell research bill passed in the State Assembly. The New York Daily News reports that “Gov. Pataki has been on the fence so far on public funding for the controversial research.” The bill creates a state Institute for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine. Another report is in the Albany Business Journal. The bill has been delivered to the State Senate, which has referred it to the health committee, according to the NY state legislature’s web site. It bans reproductive cloning but permits therapeutic cloning, which it defines as “creating a human embryo through somatic cell nuclear transfer, other than reproductive cloning, for the purpose of medical or scientific research or medical treatment.”
In Delaware, the scheduled vote on a stem cell research bill may be delayed. Some amendments have been made to the bill, and the presumed vote is narrow. One supporter of the bill is scheduled to have surgery, so other supporters may delay the vote until her return. The story is covered in the News Journal (Delaware online).