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

February 05, 2013
Contact: Ky Ash, 512-463-0656
Megan Hanson, (512) 463-0112

PLAN PRESENTED TO STRENGTHEN CPRIT GOVERNANCE, ACCOUNTABILITY

AUSTIN — Representative Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, and Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today presented to the Legislature a unified plan to strengthen the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) and restore its mission of finding treatments and cures for cancer.

"Most of the problems at this institute involve individuals not following existing rules and laws," said Senator Nelson. "This legislation will ensure that we can resume our historic fight against cancer in a fair, transparent manner that Texans deserve."

"We want to send a strong and clear message to the new CPRIT leadership that we expect them to improve accountability and follow the rules," said Representative Keffer. "Texans voted overwhelmingly to create this institute to find scientific breakthroughs in the prevention of cancer and cures for cancer. We are counting on CPRIT leaders to get the job done right."

Representative Keffer is the original author and Senator Nelson the original sponsor of the 2007 law and accompanying constitutional amendment establishing the institute and authorizing $3 billion to fight cancer over a 10-year period.

The plan:

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