Following in the footsteps of California and New Jersey as well as other US states, the Connecticut legislature may this year pass legislation allowing both adult and embryonic stem cell research—a bill the state's governor, Jodi Rell (R), has said she will sign.

In 2004, the state Senate passed a bill to allow stem cell research with overwhelming support, but the bill was subsequently defeated by four votes in the House of Representatives. Sen. George Gunther (R), one of the bill's sponsors, told The Scientist he hopes to see his bill passed this year with strong bipartisan support.

Gunther believes now that legislators have had more time to study the issue, there is stronger support for the bill in both the House and Senate. Governor Rell has said she would take between $10 and $20 million from the current budget surplus to promote stem cell research in the state.


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