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.
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She said money from CPRIT has so far allowed more than 4,300 mammogram screenings statewide.
The bill now goes to the full Senate.