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SECTION 1.  There is hereby established the California Institute for
Regenerative Medicine.



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SEC. 2.  The institute shall have the following purposes:
   (a) To make grants and loans for stem cell research, for research
facilities, and for other vital research opportunities to realize
therapies, protocols, and/or medical procedures that will result in,
as speedily as possible, the cure for, and/or substantial mitigation
of, major diseases, injuries, and orphan diseases.
   (b) To support all stages of the process of developing cures, from
laboratory research through successful clinical trials.
   (c) To establish the appropriate regulatory standards and
oversight bodies for research and facilities development.



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SEC. 3.  No funds authorized for, or made available to, the
institute shall be used for research involving human reproductive
cloning.



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SEC. 4.  Funds authorized for, or made available to, the institute
shall be continuously appropriated without regard to fiscal year, be
available and used only for the purposes provided in this article,
and shall not be subject to appropriation or transfer by the
Legislature or the Governor for any other purpose.



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SEC. 5.  There is hereby established a right to conduct stem cell
research which includes research involving adult stem cells, cord
blood stem cells, pluripotent stem cells, and/or progenitor cells.
Pluripotent stem cells are cells that are capable of self-renewal,
and have broad potential to differentiate into multiple adult cell
types.  Pluripotent stem cells may be derived from somatic cell
nuclear transfer or from surplus products of in vitro fertilization
treatments when such products are donated under appropriate informed
consent procedures.  Progenitor cells are multipotent or precursor
cells that are partially differentiated, but retain the ability to
divide and give rise to differentiated cells.



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SEC. 6.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution or
any law, the institute, which is established in state government,
may utilize state issued tax-exempt and taxable bonds to fund its
operations, medical and scientific research, including therapy
development through clinical trials, and facilities.



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SEC. 7.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution,
including Article VII, or any law, the institute and its employees
are exempt from civil service.