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Bill to expand the Commonwealth’s Organ Donor Registration passes out of Senate committee

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Kentucky Senate Bill 77 passed unanimously out of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee this morning. 

If passed, the bill would amend KRS 311.1947 to expand organ donor registration to the Commonwealth’s single sign-on system and would become effective January 1, 2020.

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) and Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life have worked extensively with Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, on the bill to grow the Donor Registry.

The new 8-year Kentucky driver’s license impact on the Registry had put the number of registrations at serious risk.  Currently circuit clerks see about 1 million people per year and with the longer renewal cycle, that number could have dropped in half.

“We are absolutely elated by the senate’s vote this morning, which firmly cement’s Kentucky’s status as a leader on behalf of organ and tissue donation,” states Shelley Snyder, Executive Director, Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life. “The passage of this bill is the first in the U.S  to create a portal to a registry in this manner. We’re especially grateful to Senator Adams for her sponsorship of SB77, along with her dedication and drive surrounding the importance of an issue which affects so many men, women and children in need.”

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates mission is to provide organ and tissues to those in need and to maintain a profound respect for those who gave. For more information visit kyorgandonor.org.

The goal of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life is to inform, educate, and encourage Kentuckians to register as organ and tissue donors to save lives.

For more information click here.

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