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Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
Senator Jane Nelson
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Austin, Texas 78711
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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2013
Contact: Megan Hanson
512-463-0112
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PLAN PRESENTED TO STRENGTHEN CPRIT GOVERNANCE, ACCOUNTABILITY

AUSTIN — Representative Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, and Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today presented to the Legislature a unified plan to strengthen the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) and restore its mission of finding treatments and cures for cancer.

"Most of the problems at this institute involve individuals not following existing rules and laws," said Senator Nelson. "This legislation will ensure that we can resume our historic fight against cancer in a fair, transparent manner that Texans deserve."

"We want to send a strong and clear message to the new CPRIT leadership that we expect them to improve accountability and follow the rules," said Representative Keffer. "Texans voted overwhelmingly to create this institute to find scientific breakthroughs in the prevention of cancer and cures for cancer. We are counting on CPRIT leaders to get the job done right."

Representative Keffer is the original author and Senator Nelson the original sponsor of the 2007 law and accompanying constitutional amendment establishing the institute and authorizing $3 billion to fight cancer over a 10-year period.

The plan:

  • codifies existing CPRIT rules;
  • restructures its governing body to ensure compliance with rules and laws;
  • clarifies conflict-of-interest prohibitions; and
  • incorporates several recommendations from the report issued last week by the State Auditor's Office.

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