Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated Robert Klein to lead California's stem cell research funding agency for another six-year term.
The nomination is the latest chapter in an ongoing saga revolving around the lay leadership of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, a semi-independent agency that could award as much as $3 billion for stem cell research.
Schwarzenegger is one of four executive officers of the state — along with Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Controller John Chiang — to nominate candidates for the chair position. A decision could be made by the board at its Dec. 15 meeting at Stanford University.