The state’s cancer-fighting agency can once again provide grants.
Today, Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus lifted the moratorium they imposed last December. The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas came under fire when it was revealed the agency failed to follow the proper procedures in awarding an $11 million grant to a Dallas firm. The scandal even prompted a criminal investigation.

Last session, lawmakers approved legislation to keep closer tabs on CPRIT, including a new six-member oversight board, which has since been appointed. Today’s announcement means CPRIT can resume grant operations and finalize remaining contracts.

The $3 billion agency was approved by voters in 2007 with the goal of funding cancer research and prevention efforts in Texas.