AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers are giving new life to the state's troubled cancer research agency.
In a unanimous vote Friday, the Senate gave final approval to sweeping reforms at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The bill now heads to Gov. Rick Perry.
Created in 2007 and authorized to hand out $3 billion for research and drug development, the agency has come under withering scrutiny for its methods of awarding lucrative grants. The agency is under criminal investigation and state budget writers had threatened to withhold funding.
The changes would dissolve the agency's 11-member governing board, prohibit salary supplements for the chief executive and specify the role of top officers.
Republican Sen. Jane Nelson of Flower Mound said she's convinced "we have established all the transparency and oversight needed."