Sunday, February 28, 2010
California Bills Propose Sunshine for Stem Cell Research and Animal Abusers
California lawmakers will consider reforms to the governmental bodies overseeing stem cell research and the creation of a felony animal abuse registry, similar to the sex offender registry.
SB 1064 would require the State Controller to conduct an annual performance audit of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and its governing body, the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee (ICOC). The bill would also require the ICOC to disclose its meeting minutes and board member vote tallies.
SB 1277 would require the Department of Justice to make information about those convicted of felony animal abuse public by January 2012. The information would include the person's name and known aliases, a photograph, a physical description, date of birth, criminal history, and the address for the abuser.
For more information about the proposed measures, click here.