AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A key Senate panel has approved proposed reforms to the state's troubled $3 billion cancer-fighting agency.
The Health and Human Services Committee on Monday passed a bill that would install stricter oversight than former rules at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Dorothy Gibbons, whose Houston-based organization The Rose has received $3.6 million in CPRIT grants, told lawmakers the embattled agency is too valuable to lose.
She said money from CPRIT has so far allowed more than 4,300 mammogram screenings statewide.
The bill now goes to the full Senate.