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Spinal Cord Injury: Progress, Promise, and Priorities
cord injury. Many of the chapter’s recommendations for New York State are also applicable to other states interested in setting or revising strategic directions for their spinal cord injury research programs. The states can learn much from one another to develop and strengthen their spinal cord injury research programs.
STATE PROGRAMS AND LEGISLATION
Since 1988, 14 states have passed legislation that has resulted in annual funding for spinal cord injury research of about $27 million (Table 8-1).
TABLE 8-1 State Legislation Relevant to Spinal Cord Injury Research
aThe legislation specifically notes that research is conducted to cure spinal cord injuries.
NOTE: The data were compiled in October 2004 and are based on a review of state legislature websites, searches on Lexis-Nexis, and telephone interviews. The table includes the year that the legislation was first enacted or considered (i.e., data on later years when the legislation was revised or considered are not included). Enacted legislation supersedes proposed legislation (e.g., legislation considered in 1996 but approved in 1998 is listed as enacted in 1998 and does not appear in the proposed legislation column).