Jansen: bipartisan bills on Proposal 2 implement intent of voters
LANSING — Bipartisan bills that would make law the provisions of Proposal 2, dealing with embryonic stem cell research, were approved Wednesday by the state Senate, said Sen. Mark C. Jansen, a sponsor of the package.
Senate Bills 647 through 652 implement the provisions of Proposal 2 and establish reporting requirements and penalty provisions to help ensure compliance.
According to Jansen, the legislation would also create a complementary legal framework to address certain implementation issues related to the measure.
“I support this effort to implement the intent of Michigan’s voters and Proposal 2,” said Jansen, R–Gaines Township. “The measures we voted on today are similar to those implemented by leading research universities that conduct stem cell research.”
Proponents of Proposal 2 made assurances that the mixing of human and animal genes would not be part of the embryo research, that the embryos could not be sold for valuable consideration and that the research would be for therapeutic purposes only. Bill sponsors said this package ensures those aspects.
SBs 647 through 652 now head to the Michigan House for further consideration.
Posted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
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