Florida State Legislator Fears Overreaction

  • Florida State Representative Joseph Geller (D) wants to know how many publicly funded Florida scientists have links to Chinese institutions that they haven’t disclosed.
  • Geller serves on a Republican-led panel that was created on December 30, 2019 by Jose Oliva, speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.
  • The panel is tasked with examining “the integrity” of the state’s research institutions. Florida is the only state to take such a step, which is in line with an expanding federal effort to understand the scope of foreign influence.
  • Geller says he “has great confidence” that the committee’s chairman, Chris Sprowls (R), will move quickly “to gather the facts of what happened.”
  • Their efforts have already resulted in the arrest of three Boston-area researchers, including Charles Lieber, a prominent Harvard University nanoscientist.