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To be true to that goal, we can not stand by and be silent when a large portion of Americans face systemic racism and other forms of oppression. That oppression has meant being excluded from civic participation at the ballot box, being called un-American for peaceful protests, and being denied justice for crimes committed against them.
Existing law prohibits a person from knowingly, for valuable consideration, purchasing or selling embryonic or cadaveric fetal tissue for research purposes, pursuant to specified provisions of law. Existing law, for the purpose of this provisions, excludes from the definition of "valuable consideration" reasonable payment for the removal, processing, disposal, preservation, quality control, storage, transplantation, or implantation of a part.
This bill would, for the purpose of that provision, instead include in the definition of "valuable consideration" all forms of payment, including, but not limited to, payment for the removal, processing, disposal, preservation, quality control, storage, transplantation, or implantation of a part. The bill would also prohibit public funds from being used to support any facility that furnishes cadaveric fetal tissue for research.
The California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act, an initiative measure approved by the voters at the November 2, 2004, statewide general election as Proposition 71, provides that the Legislature may amend the nonbond statutory provisions of that act to enhance the ability of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to further the purposes of the grant and loan programs created by that act, with a 70% vote of each house and compliance with specified procedural requirements.
Because this bill would amend certain provisions of the act, it would require for passage a 70% vote.