Vote NO on Proposition 71

Prop 71 Institute is run by politicians and special interest groups

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, established by the initiative will be run by an Independent Citizen's Oversight Committee (ICOC)1 appointed by state politicians, including the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Treasurer, the Controller, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the President Pro Tem of the Senate.2 The appointees are members from advocacy groups,3 and bureaucrats of the University of California and other universities.4 Putting politicians and special interest groups in charge of a major medical research group is asking for major problems. For example, funding provided through the federal National Institutes of Health (NIH) is run by scientists, who know what they are doing. Although politics does rear its ugly head occasionally at the NIH, it is quite rare. This initiative will create a bureaucratic and political nightmare.


References

  1. ARTICLE 1. California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act
    125281.02   Creation of the ICOC
    There is hereby created the Independent Citizen's Oversight Committee,
    hereinafter, the ICOC, which shall govern the Institute and is hereby vested with full power, authority and jurisdiction over the Institute.
    (Source: The California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act)
  2. ARTICLE 1. California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act
    125281.03   ICOC Membership; Appointments; Terms of Office
    (2) The Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Treasurer and the Controller shall each appoint an executive officer from the following three categories:
    (3) The Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Treasurer, and the Controller shall appoint members from among California representatives of California regional, state, or national disease advocacy groups, as follows:
    (4) The Speaker of the Assembly shall appoint a member from among California representatives of a California regional, state, or national Mental Health disease advocacy group.
    (5) The President Pro Tem of the Senate shall appoint a member from among California representatives of a California regional, state, or national HIV/AIDS disease advocacy group.
    (Source: The California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act)
  3. ARTICLE 1. California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act
    125281.03   ICOC Membership; Appointments; Terms of Office
    (3) The Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Treasurer, and the Controller shall appoint members from among California representatives of California regional, state, or national disease advocacy groups, as follows:
    (A) The Governor shall appoint two members, one from each of the following disease advocacy groups: spinal cord injury, and Alzheimer's disease.
     (B) The Lieutenant Governor shall appoint two members, one from each of the following disease advocacy groups: type II diabetes; and multiple sclerosis or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
     (C) The Treasurer shall appoint two members, one from each of the following disease groups: type I diabetes and heart disease.
    (D) The Controller shall appoint two members, one from each of the following disease groups: cancer and Parkinson's disease.
     (4) The Speaker of the Assembly shall appoint a member from among California representatives of a California regional, state, or national Mental Health disease advocacy group.
     (5) The President Pro Tem of the Senate shall appoint a member from among California representatives of a California regional, state, or national HIV/AIDS disease advocacy group.
    (Source: The California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act)
  4. ARTICLE 1. California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act
    125281.03   ICOC Membership; Appointments; Terms of Office
     The ICOC shall have 29 members, appointed as follows:
    (1) The Chancellors of the University of California at San Francisco, Davis, San Diego, Los Angeles and Irvine, shall each appoint an executive officer from his or her campus.
    (2)   The Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Treasurer and the Controller shall each appoint an executive officer from the following three categories:
    (A)  a California university, excluding the five campuses of the University of California described in paragraph (1), that has demonstrated success and leadership in stem cell research, and that has:...
    (B) a California non-profit academic and research institution that is not a part of the University of California, that has demonstrated success and leadership in stem cell research, and that has:...
    (Source: The California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act)