$4.9M Mesothelioma research bill passes Senate

22 Apr 2008 by under News

The Senate voted unanimously Monday to pass a bill that would provide $4.9 million for mesothelioma research. More than 58 Iron Range miners have died from mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases. The money will fund a 5-year research study of the taconite miners and their families, to be directed by the University of .

The bill now goes to the House, where a vote is expected Wednesday. If the bill passes the House, it will go to Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is expected to approve it.

Originally, there was some dispute about the bill due to its funding source, but an amendment in the Senate resolved that issue. The money will come from a Department of Commerce fund that is reported to be operating with a surplus.

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