The State Senate passed a referendum Wednesday with bipartisan support that will send the stem cell research funding issue to a vote of the people.
House Joint Resolution 1035 by Senator Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, designates a source for funding stem cell research in Oklahoma. The resolution reads that 10% of earnings accrued to the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund each year will be directed towards adult stem cell research.
"Because there is very little money being spent in Oklahoma for adult stem cell research, I am very hopeful that the citizens of Oklahoma will support the idea of jumpstarting our research in this area,” said Jolley. “With some initial investment by the people without expending any state funds, the research community will be able to engage others to also invest in this highly successful area of research."