Bill SB 1418 states that:
"No person or entity shall manufacture or knowingly sell food or any other product intended for human consumption which contains aborted human fetuses in the ingredients or which used aborted human fetuses in the research or development of any of the ingredients."
So where did Sen. Shortey hear about this frightening occurrence? The anti-abortion group known as the "Children of God". Back in March of 2010 they called out a for a public boycott of biotech firms that used embryonic stem cells to test their artificial food preservatives. A claim that has left everyone just a little bit confused.
The claims of the religous group were backed up by the Senators own internet research. Where he found such information, one can only speculate. Though he does admit that he has never heard of any instance of this actually occurring, but wants to be sure that it never does.
So yes, the Senator wants to waste tax dollars to protect the public from something that sounds like the drug addled rantings of a conspiracy theorist.
And in case you couldn't figure it out by now, yes, he is a Republican.
With thanks to the LA Times and the Republic of Gilead.