Fla. Governor Oks New Alzheimer's Program

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is going to set up a new Alzheimer's disease research program.

Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday signed into a law a bill (HB 709) that creates a program to fund projects aimed at preventing or finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. The research program is named after the grandparents of Rep. Matt Hudson.

The legislation also requires the state to create a registration program to keep track of residents with special needs who may need shelter during an emergency.

The new law also requires the state to draw up performance standards for deciding how much money memory disorder clinics should receive from the state.

The amount of money available this year for the research program is $3 million.

There are an estimated 450,000 Floridians suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

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