Your morning jolt: We’ll talk about embryonic stem cells this year, House speaker says

House Speaker David Ralston just finished a drop-by at a breakfast reception hosted by Georgia Bio, a consortium of academic and business interests engaged in life science research.

The group has been the primary opponent of legislation such as S.B. 169, a bill to put limits on embryonic stem cell research – beyond the federal regulations recently recast by the Obama administration.

The bill passed the Senate last year, but never made it out of the House Science and Technology Committee.

Ralston’s appearance at Georgia Bio was brief and budget-oriented. But afterwards, the House speaker was asked whether S.B. 169 would move this session. Ralston could have said that he was too concentrated on the state’s financial problems to think about such things.

He did not. Said Ralston:

“I think this is an important discussion. I haven’t taken a position on that bill, or this group’s work. I think that’s something we can bring people to the table [on] and have a positive discussion. Because I think it’s an issue we need to talk about. And we’re going as we go through the session.”

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High Tech Jobs and Saving Lives

January 27th, 2010
9:49 am

Every minute that right wing nuts bark about this issue, Georgia is losing more and more of the chance to land some really terrific high tech jobs that could literally save countless lives. If North Carolina or some of these other states wind up with ‘em, I hope voters will remember which nuts were in control of the Legislature. By then it will probably be too late though… the damage will have already been done.


January 27th, 2010
10:16 am

they are going to grill geithner on cspan today


January 27th, 2010
10:38 am

We’ve done enough ‘talking’ on a number of issues regarding this state. When is ACTION gonna be taken?


January 27th, 2010
12:18 pm

Could the state of Georgia be first at something? (not education) I wonder how people would vote or think about this issue looking up from a wheel chair? Throw stones at Galileo…surely the earth is the center of the universe?!

professional skeptic

January 27th, 2010
1:48 pm

Georgia Republicans and their endless “discussions” and “studies.”

After more than a decade of living in GA, I’ve learned that those are simply code words for “stall,” “delay” and “kick the can down the hall to the next chump in office.”


January 27th, 2010
2:29 pm

Embryonic stem cell research is a bust, it has never panned out to hold the promise proponents say it does. Every study comes up short on positive results.

Adult and placenta stem cells, on the other hand, have had a stronger measure of success. Which is why I cannot understand WHY the emphasis on embryonic stem cells.

Unless it’s just ‘the forbidden fruit’ theory — “we can’t do that with federal money, so we WANT to focus on that!”


January 27th, 2010
2:32 pm

Our right wing Republican nutcase legislators who are in the back pocket of the even further right Christian Coalition will never pass any legislation okaying stem cell research. It doesn’t matter that this research could possilbly save thousand upon thousands of lives and bring in many high tech jobs. After all, these characters still believe the earth is flat.


January 27th, 2010
2:32 pm

Studies and inaction are what saves us from government. They would do some really nutty things if they couldn’t be diverted into a study.
Blocking stem cell research is a religious issue which the legislature should not be involved in. They will make us look like fools, they will drive off business, and they will delay medical advance. They will not prevent it, because if it is not done here, others will do it.
Our legislature is struggling mightily against anything that brings them out of the stone age. Heaven forbid that any public transit should come to Georgia.


January 27th, 2010
2:42 pm

Clair McCaskill, a missouri senator, based a big part of her campaign on stem cell research stating that if Missouri passed a bill opening up more research, prop 2, Missouri would become the leader in stem cell research and reap the benefits, they still have nothing. This is like the green jobs issue, many say it’s a the wave of the future but really no positive impact at this time.

Mr. Nobody

January 27th, 2010
2:49 pm

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January 27th, 2010
2:54 pm

LibraryJim: Could the difference be that embryonic stem cell research has been starved for funding, and adult and placenta cell research has been fully funded? Every article I have read talks about the technical advantages believed to exist in embryonic stem cell research but that domestically, it is underfunded, and attempts are threatened with legal issues. I wonder how the space program would have worked had some group claimed that reaching the moon was against their religion so they refused to fund it? Closer to home, have the pacifists in this country found a way to make national security a religions issue?

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