PIERRE, South Dakota: South Dakotans are proposing the South Dakota Embryonic Stem Cell Research Measure for the 2010 statewide ballot. The proposed measure seeks to ease restrictions on stem cell research. It is supported by former state Treasurer David Volk, a cancer survivor. In support of the measure, Volk has created a group called South Dakotans for Lifesaving Cures. Volk said that he wants the state's regulations on funding stem cell research to be thrown out. Abortion opponent, Rep. Roger Hunt said that the measure is likely to see "considerable opposition" and predicts that the South Dakota Legislature may even address the issue in session.
If petition language is approved, supporters will have to collect a minimum of 6,776 valid signatures by April 6, 2010.
* South Dakota Embryonic Stem Cell Research Measure (2010)