Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 24, 2013
Contact: Megan Hanson, (512) 463-0112

SB 149 STRENGTHENING OVERSIGHT AT CPRIT SENT TO GOVERNOR

AUSTIN — Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R- Flower Mound, concurred today with the Texas House of Representatives amendments to SB 149 which reforms the governance and strengthens oversight at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

"We worked extremely hard this session to ensure this legislation has the strongest possible checks and balances so CPRIT can move forward in a fair and transparent manner," said Senator Nelson. "It is a great feeling to see it go to the Governor's desk, and we can now look forward to seeing the institute continue its life-saving work against cancer."

The House amendments include:

The bill, which must pass in order for CPRIT to receive funding in the next budget, will now go to the Governor for his signature. SB 1, the appropriations bill, includes $300 million per year over the next two years for cancer prevention and research grants in accordance with Proposition 15, approved by voters in 2007 to establish CPRIT and authorize $3 billion over 10 years with the goal of eradicating cancer.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

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