It would put $20 million into research of existing stem cells. Democrats failed in an effort to include embryonic stem cells.
"There are couples who have been through this process who have leftover embryos who would like to make the very difficult decision of donating them to research," said Tallahassee Rep. Loranne Ausley (D). "I think that decision should be made by the donors."
"We’ve got a very limited amount of money and we want to really focus that like a laser onto research that has been working," said Miami Rep. Anitere Flores (R). "Also there’s nothing in this bill that would criminalize the process of embryonic stem cell research. Private organizations will still be free to move forward with that research."
A bill under consideration in the Senate (SB 750) would include embryonic cells in state-funded research.