Currently before the State Assembly is a bill (full text) designed to re-authorize funds previously dedicated through the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999. Up to the present the fund has helped researchers at the University of California, Irvine at the Reeve-Irvine Research Center working on cures and treatments for spinal cord injury. Recently Don Reed, father of the bill’s namesake, published an article at the Huffington Post urging state legislators to pass the bill, which increases funding from $1.5 million annually to $2 million. This may not be enough to offset losses of research money given to California each year through the National Institutes of Health due to sequestration cuts, but it does ensure continued funding for a condition that affects 650,000 who live with some form of paralysis due to a spinal cord injury.
Update and call to action: State Assembly to vote on AB 714 this Thursday, May 23.