Bill to regulate stem-cell research fails

By Kelly Kearsley

After days of delay, the Senate yesterday killed a bill that would regulate stem-cell research, with two Republicans who originally supported the measure jumping back to join their caucus.

Senate Minority Leader Bill Finkbeiner, R-Kirkland, was the lone Republican to vote for the bill, which was defeated 26-23.

The measure would have permitted stem-cell research, including the use of human embryonic stem cells, but would have prohibited reproductive cloning. Washington law currently doesn’t address stem-cell research.

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