There is a new piece of legislation that is being presented for consideration in Sacramento, California. Right now, the monetary aspects of the bill are being considered by the Appropriations Committee. Assembly Bill 714 is not proposing something entirely new, but it is a bill that would provide restoration to the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act.
The Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act put into place a program that began in 2000. The program was a kind of trust dedicated to the goal of finding a cure for paralysis. The program provided scientists with "seed grants" to help fund their research and has already provided them with $15.1 million. AB 714 would set aside $2 million per year for this program. Thursday, May 23 is a big day for AB714 as the Appropriations Committee is set to decide on whether the financial aspects make sense for the bill to continue.