Substitute Senate Bill No. 56

Special Act No. 99-13

An Act Establishing a Spinal Cord Injury Research Board.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

(a) There is established a Spinal Cord Injury Research Board to research, review and solicit, from public and private agencies, organizations and qualified research institutions, grants funding available to cooperatively conduct spinal cord injury research in Connecticut and to build awareness for the need for further and continual spinal cord injury research within the state.

(b) The research board shall consist of members who volunteer to serve collaboratively in seeking spinal cord research funding for research opportunities and prevention education for the state, appointed by the Governor as follows: One person from The University of Connecticut Medical School; one person from the Yale University School of Medicine; one person from Gaylord Hospital; one person from the Hospital for Special Care; one person from the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association; and one person from the Connecticut Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association.

(c) The research board shall establish policies and procedures for the administration of the board, shall conduct the research and solicitation of grants funding available from outside sources for spinal cord research studies within Connecticut and shall, on or before January 1, 2001, report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, on the need for continuation of the Spinal Cord Injury Research Board.

(d) The Spinal Cord Injury Research Board established by this act shall terminate on October 1, 2001.

Approved June 23, 1999