Stem cell research amendment goes before Supreme Court

the associated press
Posted November 8 2006

TALLAHASSEE · A request to review a proposed state constitutional amendment that would require state spending on embryonic stem cell research went to the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Attorney General Charlie Crist asked for the review after Secretary of State Sue Cobb verified sponsors had collected 10 percent of more than 600,000 signatures needed to get the citizen initiative on the 2008 ballot.
The high court will determine whether the amendment conforms to a requirement that initiatives cover a single subject and whether the ballot summary is clear and accurate. The justices did not immediately set a date for oral argument.

The proposal would require the state to appropriate $20 million annually for 10 years.

The petition drive is being conducted by Floridians for Stem Cell Research and Cures; its chairman is Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson.