Some legislators are squaring off with Governor Rick Snyder and public universities over embryonic stem cell research. The governor says his administration won't enforce a budget clause that says researchers must produce detailed reports on their work, and how they go about it.
The universities say the rules outlined in the budgets are meant to stifle and discourage embryonic stem research.
But the Republican chair of the House higher education budget subcommittee is warning universities, they'd better comply.
"It's the intention of the Legislature that they will produce the reports," says State Representative Bob Genetski. "Whether or not anyone is at home at the Department of Community Health the day they arrive to receive the mail, that's an executive branch decision. But in both the House and the Senate budgets, the expectation is there for both accountability and transparency in that area."
Genetski sent a letter to universities, along with another letter from Attorney General Bill Schuette saying it's his right to demand the reports. Governor Snyder insists universities don't have to report, but lawmakers can ask them to.