SB 160
Prohibits human cloning
LR Number:
Last Action:
5/13/2005 - S Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection
Journal Page:
SS SB 160
Calendar Position:
Effective Date:
August 28, 2005

Current Bill Summary

SS/SB 160 - This act prohibits human cloning. "Cloning a human being" is defined as the creation of a human being by any means other than by the fertilization of an oocyte of a human female by a sperm of a human male.

This act prohibits any individual from knowingly cloning, attempting to clone a human being, or participating in cloning a human being. This act also prohibits any person from knowingly using public funds or public facilities to clone a human being.

Under this act, no public employee shall knowingly allow any person to clone a human being while making use of public funds or facilities.

In the event that this act is violated or is in imminent danger of being violated, the Attorney General or prosecuting attorney shall institute an action for injunctive relief or other relief to prevent such a violation. For each violation or attempt, the civil penalty would not to exceed $50,000 if imposed on a corporation or other entity, and would not exceed $10,000 if imposed on a person. In determining the amount of the penalty, the court shall consider the value of the offender's gain. A suit may be brought in any county where the alleged violation occurred.

This act requires that 25% of the funds received from participating manufacturers who joined or will join the master settlement agreement after January 1, 2004 shall be expended by the Life Sciences Research Board. The money, which is deposited into the Life Sciences Research Trust Fund, will be expended for research projects involving human stem cells derived from non-embryonic and non-fetal sources.