House OKs Major Changes to State Cancer Institute

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AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House has approved a dramatic overhaul of the state's troubled $3 billion cancer-fighting agency, including replacing its entire, 11-member board.

The lower chamber used a simple voice vote Friday to give preliminary approval to one of the most-watched bills in the Texas Legislature. It mandates sweeping changes to the embattled Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

The bill has already cleared the Senate, but the House modified it to include that CPRIT's board has to go, among other changes.

The once-celebrated agency has since become the target of rebuke and remains under criminal investigation following several lucrative grants that were improperly awarded.

After a final, procedural House vote, the proposal will go to conference committee to reconcile the versions passed by the House and Senate.