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Two lawmakers from Maryland are proposing legislation to dedicate 25 million a year to helping the states scientists pursue stem cell research Stem cells can involve cloning and the destruction of embryos but could also lead to treatments for diseases such as Parkinsons and diabetes The Bush Administration has funded only limited research into this controversial science New Jersey was the first state to fund research that the federal government wouldnt Recently other states like Florida Maryland Wisconsin Minnesota and Illinois are mimicking the initiative of New Jersey We now run a real risk here of losing scientists to other jurisdictions said Delegate Samuel I Rosenberg a Baltimore Democrat who is sponsoring one of the bills These initiatives could put Governor Robert L Ehrlich Jr in a difficult position The proposals backed by Rosenberg and Senator Paula C Hollinger the lawmakers in Maryland would fund types of research previously opposed by Ehrlich while he was in Congress I am increasingly concerned that such scientific experiments ripe with moral ethical and scientific implications could be abused and misused by a few individuals in the scientific community Ehrlich wrote in his position paper Dr John Gearhart a stem cell researcher at John Hopkins University hopes Ehrlich will reconsider his position on the issue Ehrlichs of the policies that limit research wont help Maryland keep pace with other states where research isnt restricted In conclusion this ties in with government class because it involves Congress and the passing of a bill In order for the bill to be passed it must first pass in both houses Then it is forwarded to the President where he can either sign it or veto it If he vetoes it Congress must get a 23 vote to overturn the Presidents veto Sometimes Congress will attach other mini-bills known as riders to more popular bills so that they get passed
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