South Carolina General Assembly
113th Session, 1999-2000

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Bill 1312

Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter

                    Current Status

Bill Number:                      1312
Type of Legislation:              Concurrent Resolution CR
Introducing Body:                 Senate
Introduced Date:                  20000405
Primary Sponsor:                  Moore
All Sponsors:                     Moore
Drafted Document Number:          l:\s-res\tlm\005hemo.kad.doc
Residing Body:                    House
Current Committee:                Invitations and Memorial Resolutions 
                                  Committee 24 HIMR
Subject:                          Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act for 
                                  HIV victims, Congress requests to fund; 
                                  Medical, Federal Government


Body    Date      Action Description                     Com     Leg Involved
______  ________  ______________________________________ _______ ____________
House   20000406  Introduced, referred to Committee      24 HIMR
Senate  20000405  Introduced, adopted, sent to House

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Whereas, Congress passed the Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act of 1998; and

Whereas, the Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act was passed to provide for compassionate payments to individuals with blood-clotting disorders, such as hemophilia, who contracted the human immunodeficiency virus due to contaminated blood products; and

Whereas, in its review of the events surrounding the HIV infection of thousands of people with blood-clotting disorders, such as hemophilia, a 1995 study entitled "HIV and the Blood Supply", by the Institute of Medicine, found a failure of leadership and an inadequate institutional decision-making process in the system responsible for ensuring blood safety, concluding that a failure of leadership led to less than effective donor screening, weak regulatory actions and insufficient communication to patients about the risk of AIDS; and

Whereas, this legislation, named after Ricky Ray, a teen-age hemophiliac who died from AIDS, was enacted to provide financial relief to the families of hemophiliacs who were devastated by the federal government's policy failure in its handling of the AIDS epidemic; and

Whereas, now that the relief bill has been signed into law by the President, Congress has been reticent to fund it. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:

That the South Carolina General Assembly hereby urges Congress to fully fund the Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund, enacted into law under the Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act of 1998, in 2000 so that there is no further delay between the authorization and timely appropriation of this relief.

Be it further resolved that copies of this resolution be forwarded to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the President of the United States Senate, the President of the United States, and to each member of the South Carolina congressional delegation.


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