Stem cell research; authorizes research involving derivation & use of human embryonic cells, etc. (HB444)

Introduced By

Del. Jim Shuler (D-Blacksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Stem cell research authorized; requirements. Authorizes stem cell research involving the derivation and use of human embryonic stem cells, human embryonic germ cells, and human adult stem cells from any source if approved by the Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee. Requires each institution to establish a Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee specifically for the purpose of evaluating and approving such proposals and projects. Additionally, the bill requires that for embryonic stem cells to be eligible for research in the Commonwealth they must meet each of the following requirements: (1) the stem cells must have been donated from in vitro fertilization clinics and must have been created for the purposes of fertility treatment; (2) the stem cells must have been in excess of the needs of the individuals seeking such treatment and would otherwise be discarded (as determined in consultation with the individuals seeking fertility treatment); and (3) the stem cells must have been donated by such individuals with written informed consent and without any financial or other inducements. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 061009508
01/09/2006Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/24/2006Continued to 2007 in Health, Welfare and Institutions

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1768.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

The Health subcommittee sent this bill to a commission for review, knowing that the commission cannot take it up in time for it to pass. Here's the video.