Saturday, February 28, 2009

Biotech Bill Passes VA Legislature

SB 1338, the "omnibus" Biotech bill, is on its way to Governor Tim Kaine for his signature. Today, the House of Delegates passed the conference committee report 99-0 and the Senate approved it 38-2.

Despite the "blow-out" votes, this bill was in serious trouble as late as yesterday afternoon. Thanks to the amazing efforts of the patron, Senator Mark Herring (D-Loudoun) and Delegate Sam Nixon (R-Chesterfield), who led the negotiations with the various interest groups, a compromise was reached in time for final passage of the legislation.

Here is a link to the bill details and history.

VaBIO sincerely thanks all of the members and legislators who helped make this happen.

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