Legislative Update Week 6
2013 Legislative Session
BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH - ACTIVELY SUPPORT measures that will increase Florida’s capacity for research and treatment, including clinical trials, especially measures that generate a substantial state investment in Florida’s research infrastructure. ACTIVELY SUPPORT Fiscal Year 2013-14 funding of the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program ($7.2 million) and the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program ($5 million) as prescribed in law, with a peer-reviewed and competitive grant process being the basis for program funding allocations. Proposals out of both chambers depict increases in biomedical research funding, but they direct the dollars in very different ways. The Senate has maintained the funding for both King and Bankhead-Coley and provided additional dollars directly to the major cancer centers in the state. The House brings the funding for both programs to a total of $10 million each and provides additional funding to the individual institutions.
TOBACCO PREVENTION AND EDUCATION - ACTIVELY SUPPORT the continued, full implementation of Article X, Section 27 of the Florida Constitution, as intended by the voters, funding the program at $65.6 million for FY 2013-14. Both chambers appear to be on target for this level of funding.
LIGHTS OF HOPE – A reminder that time is running out to purchase your Light of Hope for our April 22nd display at the Capitol. Please show your support for our legislative priorities by sending a Light of Hope to Tallahassee in honor or in memory of someone you love. For a $10 donation, your Light of Hope bag will be displayed on the Capitol steps as a reminder to all about the importance of making cancer a top priority this session. For more information, please go to: www.acscan.org/floridalightsofhope
As always, updated information on ACS CAN’s legislative priorities can be found at www.acscan.org/florida and you can get real-time updates on Twitter. Follow us at https://twitter.com/ACSCAN_Florida.
Yours in the Fight,