Competition is what keeps people comparatively honest and working hard, even in government it seems. Newsday reports on competition between biotech hubs in California and New Jersey in the wake of Proposition 71 funding for embryonic stem cell research. New Jersey business developers are concerned that many biotechnology companies will move work to California - which seems very likely under the circumstances. Massachusetts politicians are also under pressure to make their state more hospitable to stem cell research. So while the threat of federal anti-research legislation remains, it looks like state legislative environments will become less threatening where it matters.