Legislation would expand organ donor registry and education

Bill will further support Donate Life KY’s mission to save lives through organ and tissue donation

UPDATE POSTED 8:30 A.M. JAN. 25, 2022

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) — Legislation that would expand organ donor opportunities in Kentucky has cleared the state Senate and is headed to the House.

“Senate Bill 30 passed the Senate Transportation Committee last week unanimously and out of the Senate today the same. It is heading to the House, and we hope it will be heard in the House Transportation Committee very quickly. We truly appreciate Sen. Brandon Storm and know his efforts will save lives. With 1,000 patients in Kentucky waiting for their gift of life, this bill is needed now more than ever,” said Shelley Heavrin Snyder, executive director of the Kentucky Circuit Clerks Trust for Life, which is one of a number of groups supporting the proposal.

Some of its members will testify next week before the House Transportation Committee which is expected to approve the bill and send it to the full House.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED JAN. 18, 2022

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) –Donate Life Kentucky will show support in Frankfort on Wednesday, January 19, for Senate Bill 30 (SB 30), which, if approved, will allow the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to add organ donor questions during car tag registration.

It will also let county clerks ask for organ donor consideration in person.

Nearly 1,000 Kentuckians are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ or tissue donation or transplant, and across America, approximately 20 people die each day due to this need. With the state transitioning to an 8-year driver’s license cycle and many people registering to become organ donors during renewal, Donate Life KY must find additional ways to grow the organ donor registry list to match the existing and increasing need for organ donation.

In 2021, more than 500 organs were recovered and transplanted across the Kentucky region, thanks to nearly 200 generous organ donors. SB 30 will help by expanding the registry to help those requiring urgent transplant services.

SB 30 was officially filed by Sen. Brandon Storm on January 4, 2022. “I am proud to sponsor this lifesaving legislation.  It is critical to increase the number of organ and tissue donors in Kentucky,” Storm said. “Working with these passionate nonprofits and Boards of Directors to draft this bill was important to me as I know it will result in more registered donors and more lives saved.”

The bill will be heard during the Senate Transportation Committee meeting on Wednesday, January 19, at 9 a.m., in room 129.

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