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          Bill No:  SB 471
          Author:   Romero (D) and Steinberg (D), et al
          Amended:  5/28/09
          Vote:     21

           
           SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE  :  7-1, 4/29/09
          AYES:  Romero, Alquist, Hancock, Liu, Maldonado, Padilla,  
            Simitian
          NOES:  Huff
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Wyland

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  7-5, 5/28/09
          AYES:  Kehoe, Corbett, DeSaulnier, Hancock, Leno, Oropeza,  
            Yee
          NOES:  Cox, Denham, Runner, Walters, Wyland
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Wolk

           SENATE FLOOR  :  24-14, 6/1/09
          AYES:  Alquist, Calderon, Cedillo, Corbett, DeSaulnier,  
            Ducheny, Florez, Hancock, Kehoe, Leno, Liu, Lowenthal,  
            Maldonado, Negrete McLeod, Oropeza, Padilla, Pavley,  
            Romero, Simitian, Steinberg, Wiggins, Wolk, Wright, Yee
          NOES:  Aanestad, Ashburn, Benoit, Cogdill, Correa, Cox,  
            Denham, Dutton, Harman, Huff, Runner, Strickland,  
            Walters, Wyland
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Hollingsworth, Vacancy

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  52-26, 9/8/09 - See last page for vote


           SUBJECT  :    Education:  stem cell research

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           SOURCE  :     Author


           DIGEST  :    This bill creates the California Stem Cell and  
          Biotechnology Education and Workforce Development Act of  
          2009 to establish stem cell and biotechnology education and  
          workforce development as a state priority and to promote  
          stronger links among industry sectors, the California  
          Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and California public  
          schools, as specified.

           Assembly Amendments  delete provisions requiring the State  
          Board of Education to incorporate stem cell science  
          curriculum content and the science curriculum framework,  
          evaluation, and instructional materials at its next  
          curriculum revision and adoption and requesting the U.C.  
          Regents to consult with various entities in developing a  
          curriculum for the California State Summer School for  
          Mathematics and Science.  Instead the amendments requires  
          the Department of Education to post certain information on  
          its Internet website, including CIRM model curriculum on  
          stem cell science, and to communicate to science teachers,  
          school districts of the availability of this curriculum.

           ANALYSIS  :    Proposition 71, approved by California voters  
          in November 2004, authorized $3 billion in state bond  
          funding for stem cell research and established the  
          California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to  
          regulate stem cell research and provide funding for such  
          research and research facilities.  Proposition 71 also  
          established an Independent Citizens Oversight Committee  
          (ICOC) to govern CIRM, established a constitutional right  
          to conduct stem cell research, and prohibited funding of  
          human reproductive cloning research.  

          Existing law provides for the establishment and maintenance  
          of the California Subject Matter Projects (CSMP) for the  
          purpose of developing and enhancing teachers' subject  
          matter knowledge and instructional strategies in order to  
          improve student learning and academic performance in core  
          content areas, including science.  

          Existing law provides for the operation of the California  
          State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS)  







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          through the University of California (UC).  The 2009-10  
          Budget Act provides $1.897 million for this program.  

          In March 2009, the State Board of Education (SBE)  
          unanimously adopted a proposal to include stem cell science  
          in the science curriculum and include the content in the  
          update of the 2010 Science Frameworks.  

          This bill:

          1. Requires the California Department of Education (CDE),  
             in consultation with the CIRM and representatives of the  
             biotechnology industry to promote stem cell and  
             biotechnology education and workforce development within  
             existing programs, including, but not limited to, all of  
             the following: 

             A.    The California Health Science Educators  
                Institute.

             B.    The Health Science Capacity Building Project.

             C.    The California Partnership Academies.

             D.    The regional science resource centers.

             E.    The California Career Resource Network,  
                including the State Agency Partners Committee.

             F.    Multiple pathway programs.

             G.    The K-12 High Speed Network, including its  
                academic content platform.

          2. Requires CDE to post on its Internet website and on the  
             CTE Website created by AB 597 (Assembly Education  
             Committee), Chapter 529, Statutes of 2007, information  
             and links about the following: 

             A.    Biotechnology education programs, including, but  
                not limited to, those identified by the biotech  
                industry and industry-related organizations.

             B.    The CIRM education initiatives and related stem  







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                cell education and workforce development programs. 

          3. Requires CDE to post on its Internet website links to  
             the CIRM model curriculum on stem cell science and  
             communicate to science teachers and school districts the  
             availability of this curriculum.

          4. Makes several findings and declarations relative to stem  
             cell research and the biotechnology industry.

           Comments
           
           Stem cell research  .  According to the analysis provided by  
          the Legislative Analyst for Proposition 71, stem cell  
          research may provide information on the complex events that  
          occur during human development that lead to serious medical  
          conditions and birth defects.  Stem cells differ from other  
          cells in that they are unspecialized, can, under certain  
          circumstances, be transformed into cells with specialized  
          functions, and are capable of reproducing themselves, which  
          allow them to serve as a repair system for the body.  

          The various types of stem cells have different potential  
          for treating disease.  Researchers indicate that stem cells  
          could be used to test the safety of drugs and offer the  
          possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and  
          tissues to treat diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's,  
          Alzheimer's, heart disease, diabetes, or to treat spinal  
          cord injuries.

          To date, the CIRM governing board has approved more than  
          $693 million in research and facilities grants and is  
          currently considered to be the largest source for embryonic  
          and pluripotent stem cell research in the world.  In March  
          2009, President Obama signed an executive order lifting  
          restrictions on federal funding for stem cell research and  
          directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to  
          support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy  
          human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem  
          cell research to the extent permitted by law.  To the  
          extent that industry, research institutions, and schools  
          can work together to address the education and training  
          necessary to fill positions in the stem cell field, this  
          bill could enable California to maintain the momentum  







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          initiated through Proposition 71 and build a regenerative  
          medicine infrastructure that will generate jobs, contribute  
          to the economy, and help California maintain a competitive  
          edge in this emerging field of medicine.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

          According to the Senate Appropriations Committee:

                          Fiscal Impact (in thousands)

           Major Provisions                2009-10     2010-11     
           2011-12   Fund
           
          SDE                           $65                 General

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  9/9/09)

          American Federation of State, County and Municipal  
          Employees
          BayBio
          BioCom
          California Healthcare Institute
          California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
          California State University
          Don Reed, Californians for Cures
          San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
          Student Society for Stem Cell Research
          University of California

           OPPOSITION  :    (Verified  9/9/09)

          California Catholic Conference
          Life Legal Defense Foundation

           ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    The author's office states the  
          bill will have a positive fiscal effect by (1) making good  
          on the significant public investment made by the people of  
          California with approval of Proposition 71 of 2004, which  
          authorized $3 billion in state bond funds for stem cell  
          research and facilities.  The follow-up step of aligning  
          public education with this public funding of stem cell  
          research is necessary to turn this important research into  







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          therapies and cures and for California to realize the  
          economic benefits of stem cell research as promised in the  
          ballot information on Proposition 71; and (2) positioning  
          California for additional federal funds for stem cell  
          research made possible by President Obama's March 9, 2009,  
          executive order lifting federal restrictions on stem cell  
          research; (3) enabling California to leverage and expand  
          the significant investment that private industry has  
          already made in implementing science education programs in  
          partnership with public schools, such as those outlined in  
          the California biotechnology Foundation's soon-to-be  
          -released directory of education programs; (4) enabling  
          California to maximize the benefit realized from the public  
          funding of existing programs of the Department of Education  
          by promoting greater collaboration and resource-sharing  
          among the  Department of Education, CIRM, and private  
          industry; and (5) enabling California to produce the  
          educated and trained workers needed to meet industry demand  
          in the growing stem cell and biotechnology sectors, thereby  
          keeping those jobs and tax-paying workers in California.

          BIOCOM states, "SB 471 seeks to help insure a highly  
          trained and continuous workforce for the life science  
          industry, including that portion which is involved in the  
          stem cell arena.  The life science industry is one of the  
          leading industries in the state in terms of jobs and  
          economic impact, yet is not currently recognized as a  
          priority in education.  Currently, education in or  
          recognition of the life sciences is often determined by the  
          proximity of the industry to individual school districts."

           ARGUMENTS IN OPPOSITION  :    The California Catholic  
          Conference states, "To date after several decades of work,  
          the only successful therapies derived from stem cells have  
          been the result of the type of research that the CIRM will  
          not fund, i.e., research on nonembryonic stem cells.  Until  
          CIRM pragmatically directs its funding towards research  
          that has proven effective and away from research that is  
          ideological, e.g., embryonic stem cell research,  
          Californian tax-payer will not see little return on their  
          multi-billion investment."  
           
           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  : 
          AYES:  Ammiano, Arambula, Beall, Block, Blumenfield,  







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            Brownley, Buchanan, Caballero, Charles Calderon, Carter,  
            Chesbro, Coto, Davis, De La Torre, De Leon, Eng, Evans,  
            Feuer, Fletcher, Fong, Fuentes, Furutani, Galgiani,  
            Hagman, Hall, Hayashi, Hernandez, Hill, Huber, Huffman,  
            Jones, Krekorian, Lieu, Bonnie Lowenthal, Ma, Mendoza,  
            Monning, Nava, John A. Perez, V. Manuel Perez,  
            Portantino, Ruskin, Salas, Saldana, Skinner, Solorio,  
            Swanson, Torlakson, Torres, Torrico, Yamada, Bass
          NOES:  Adams, Anderson, Bill Berryhill, Tom Berryhill,  
            Conway, Cook, DeVore, Duvall, Emmerson, Fuller, Gaines,  
            Garrick, Gilmore, Harkey, Jeffries, Knight, Logue,  
            Miller, Nestande, Niello, Nielsen, Silva, Smyth, Audra  
            Strickland, Tran, Villines
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Blakeslee, Vacancy


          DLW:do  9/9/09   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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