HB2044 Establishes the Spinal Cord Injury Fund and creates a grant program through the University of Missouri for spinal cord injury research.
Sponsor: Farnen, Ted (21) Effective Date:00/00/0000
CoSponsor: Gaw, Steve (22) LR Number: 4533L.02C
Last Action: COMMITTEE: EDUCATION - HIGHER
04/04/2000 - HCS Reported Do Pass (H)
HCS HB 2044
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COMMITTEE

HCS HB 2044 -- SPINAL CORD INJURY GRANT PROGRAM

SPONSOR:  Farnen

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Higher
Education by a vote of 17 to 3.

This substitute authorizes the Board of Curators of the
University of Missouri, beginning in fiscal year 2002, to award
funds to investigators for original research projects designed
to increase knowledge in the area of spinal cord injury.  The
substitute establishes a 10-member advisory board appointed by
the Governor from nominations submitted by the Board of Curators
to advise on the administration of the program, including
soliciting and selecting research proposals for funding.  The
composition of the advisory board and of its members terms are
outlined.  The advisory board is to use a peer review process to
evaluate investigators and their proposals in accordance with
the procedures used by the National Institute of Health and the
National Science Foundation.  The evaluation component of the
selection process is not open to the public; the final awards of
the advisory board and all of its other proceedings are open to
the public.

Investigators whose proposals are selected for funding may
receive an award of up to $30,000 per year, for one or 2 years;
overhead costs are not allowable research expenses.
Investigators submitting proposals for funding consideration
must be employees or staff of public or private educational,
health care, voluntary health association, or research
institutions.  Research funded under this program must be
conducted in Missouri.

The substitute also establishes the Spinal Cord Injury Fund to
fund the research grants.  The initial $200,000 deposited into
the fund is to be appropriated to the University of Missouri for
grants for the selected spinal cord injury research projects.
The substitute imposes a $1 surcharge for all criminal cases
involving violations of the child passenger restraint system or
seat belt laws.  The $1 surcharge is not to be collected if the
proceeding or the defendant has been dismissed by the court or
when the costs are to be paid by the state, county, or
municipality.  The substitute requires the Office of State
Courts Administrator to implement a system for tracking and
recording the number of cases involving child passenger
restraint system and seat belt law violations.

FISCAL NOTE:  Estimated Partial Net Cost to Spinal Cord Injury
Fund of Unknown in FY 2001, up to $220,000 in FY 2002, and up to
$220,000 in FY 2003.  Cost does not include unknown revenue from
traffic cases collections.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that establishing grants for spinal
cord injury research will promote significant individual and
public health benefits.

Testifying for the bill was Representative Farnen.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Debra Cheshier, Senior Legislative Analyst


INTRODUCED

HB 2044 -- Spinal Cord Injury Grant Program

Co-Sponsors:  Farnen, Gaw, Ridgeway, Reinhart

This bill authorizes the Board of Curators at the University of
Missouri to award, beginning in fiscal year 2002, funds to
investigators for original research projects designed to
increase knowledge in the area of spinal cord injury.  The bill
establishes a 10-member advisory board appointed by the Board of
Curators to advise on the administration of the program,
including soliciting and selecting research proposals for
funding.  The composition of the advisory board and advisory
board member terms are outlined.  The advisory board is to use a
peer review process to evaluate investigators and their
proposals in accordance with the procedures used by the National
Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation and
consistent with the Missouri Research Assistance Act.  The
evaluation component of the selection process is not open to the
public; the final awards of the advisory board and all of its
other proceedings are open to the public.

Investigators whose proposals are selected for funding may
receive an award of up to $30,000 per year, for one or 2 years;
overhead costs are not allowable research expenses.
Investigators submitting proposals for funding consideration
must be employees or staff of public or private educational,
health care, voluntary health association, or research
institution.  Research funded under this program must be
conducted in Missouri.

The bill also establishes the Spinal Cord Injury Fund to fund
the research grants.  The initial $200,000 deposited into the
fund is to be appropriated to the University of Missouri for
grants for the selected spinal cord injury research projects.
The bill imposes a $1 surcharge for all criminal cases involving
violations of the child passenger restraint system or seat belt
laws.  The $1 surcharge is not to be collected if the proceeding
or the defendant has been dismissed by the court or when the
costs are to be paid by the state, county, or municipality.  The
bill requires the Office of State Courts Administrator to
implement a system for tracking and recording the number of
cases involving child passenger restraint system and seat belt
law violations.


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