A proposal to make funds available for childhood cancer research passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on March 9th, by a vote of 85 to 10 and now heads to the State Senate. The funds would come from earnings from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, or TSET.
House Joint Resolution 1045, if approved by the state Legislature this spring will go to a vote of the people this November. If approved by voters, it will require the TSET board to set aside at least $1 million for pediatric cancer research annually.
The resolution must pass out of Senate committee within the next four weeks.
House Joint Resolution 1045 was filed by Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada, in January. Sen. Kim David is the senate sponsor. Rep. Sean Roberts and Sen. Eddie Fields are cosponsors.
Link to the latest draft of HJR1045: http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2015-16%20ENGR/hres/HJR1045%20ENGR.PDF