Saturday, 2:15 PM
By Globe Staff
A bill designed to spur development in the state's life sciences industry has been approved by the state House of Representatives.
The $1 billion bill was enacted by the House by a vote of 142-15. A cornerstone of Governor Deval Patrick's agenda, the bill had emerged from a conference committee yesterday.
"It's a bill that, I think, helps to move us forward in our economic development efforts in a tremendous way," Representative Dan Bosley, a North Adams Democrat, told his fellow members. "We need to stay ahead of the curve. ... We need to grow our life sciences industry."
The bill is expected to go to the Senate Thursday.
Lawmakers are hoping to trumpet the legislation at an international biotechnology conference next week in San Diego.
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