Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 22, 2007
Contact: Dave Nelson (817) 424-3446

TEXAS SENATE APPROVES CANCER INSTITUTE

AUSTIN -- The Texas Senate today approved HB 14, establishing the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas, and HJR 90, allowing voters to authorize up to $300 million per year for cancer research and prevention, not to exceed $3 billion over the next 10 years.

"This is a historic step forward in the fight against cancer," said the Senate sponsor, State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewsiville, noting that cancer costs Texas taxpayers more than $30 billion every year. "We are making a wise investment that will establish Texas as the nation's premiere cancer research center, bring jobs and economic development, and, most importantly, reduce both the fiscal and human costs of cancer."

The bill had a key supporter: 7-time Tour de France champion and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong. "I applaud Senator Nelson for her leadership and the Senate for passing these bills today. This legislation would make Texas a worldwide leader in cancer prevention and research," he said.

HB 14 and HJR 90 by Representative Keffer would establish the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas, which will work to reduce the prevalence of cancer in Texas and distribute up to $300 million per year in cancer research grants and loans, not to exceed $3 billion over 10 years, with up to 10 percent of those dollars used for cancer prevention. The state would also receive a portion of royalties, patents and licenses that could potentially provide funding for this initiative.

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Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, represents District 12, encompassing parts of Tarrant and Denton counties.

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