Dear bioOrlando Members:
The Senate and House started the budget conference process this morning. Late Tuesday night, the Senate and House appointed their budget negotiators ("conferees"). Budget conferees will meet over the next 5 days to work out the differences between the two budgets.
NEED YOUR HELP! Biomedical research funding is in danger of being eliminated this year, as legislators attempt to balance the state budget amid an almost $4 billion budget deficit. Click here.
Currently, the House funds the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program (King) at $1.2 million and eliminates funding for the Bill Bankhead and David Coley Biomedical Research Program (Bankhead-Coley). The Senate funds King at $12.2 million and Bankhead-Coley at $10 million. The Senate also allocates $10 million each to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, the Shands Cancer Hospital and the Sylvester Cancer Center at the University of Miami.
Florida's Biomedical Research Programs:
- Increase Florida's biomedical and cancer researchers' national funding competitiveness;
- Facilitate collaborations between talented scientists within Florida, nationally and internationally;
- Expand research capacity through the training of new scientists and provision of research instruments; and
- Bolster the Florida's investment to grow its technology-based economy in the biosciences.
Please email the Senate and House Health Care Conferees
Senate Health Care Budget Conferees
Sen. Joe Negron - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Anitere Flores - email@example.com
Sen. Rene Garcia - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Jim Norman - email@example.com
Sen. Garrett Richter - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Eleanor Sobel - email@example.com
House Health Care Budget Conferees
Rep. Matt Hudson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Charles "Chuck" Chestnut - email@example.com
Rep. Richard Corcoran - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Daniel Davis - email@example.com
Rep. Jose Diaz - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Jim Frishe - email@example.com
Rep. Gayle Harrell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Mia Jones - email@example.com
Rep. Mark Pafford - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Ken Roberson - email@example.com
Rep. Greg Steube - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. John Wood - email@example.com
Rep. Dana Young - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for helping bioOrlando support Florida's Biomedical Research Programs!