AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Senate has voted to overhaul management of Texas' embattled cancer-fighting agency, which has been rocked by investigations into how it awarded millions of dollars in grants.
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas has been under fire since last year over grants that bypassed the state's review process. A scathing report from the state auditor alleged widespread failings at CPRIT involving transparency, accountability and decision-making.
A bill by Sen. Jane Nelson, a Republican from Flower Mound, would ban agency executives from having business relationships with award recipients. It also creates a new oversight position to make sure agency rules are followed.
Texas voters in 2007 approved spending $3 billion on cancer research.
The agency overhaul bill now goes to the House for consideration.
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