Floyd Tries to Appease MOHELA Concerns

1 decade 2 years 3 months ago Thursday, February 15 2007 Feb 15, 2007 Thursday, February 15, 2007 10:07:49 PM CST February 15, 2007 in News

"This takes that debate out of the hands of the university, it obviously will continue to reside here in Jeff City but, the university is out of it ... Because we will not engage in any medical research that may have implications with stem cells," said Floyd.

Lawmakers are still divided on the issue. But some think the new cancer center is a safe bet.

"The newly stated purpose of the building doesn't appear to be a purpose that would be controversial to anyone," said Sen. Gary Nodler from Joplin.

Other lawmakers were disappointed with Floyd's decision.

"It looks like Elson is throwing in the towel on the health sciences research facility," said Sen. Chuck Graham from Columbia.

Lawmakers will continue to talk about Floyd's proposal as well as the Lewis and Clark initiative. That's the bill that would allow for money from MOHELA's sale to fund construction on college campuses. The Louis and Clark initiative is not a done deal yet either, the legislature still has to pass the bill that would allow MOHELA to sell some of its assets.

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