Rep. Dan Brady speaks at the bill signing for HB 1805
CHICAGO – State Representative Dan Brady on Tuesday joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers as Governor Rauner signed legislation into law at the University of Chicago Hospital that will help create more life-saving organ and tissue donation opportunities in Illinois.
Representative Brady (R-Normal) served as Chief Co-Sponsor of House Bill 1805 that permits 16 and 17 year-olds to join Illinois’ First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry when they receive their driver’s license or state ID card.
“This legislation will give new drivers a voice to express their wishes regarding organ and tissue donations, providing guidance to their parents who will continue to have the final decision until they are 18 years of age,” Representative Brady said.
Under the bill, 16 and 17 year-olds may sign up with the registry to donate their organs in the event of their death, but for minors under the age of 18 good-faith efforts must be made to notify parents or guardians who would still be able to make the final decision on the donation. “As a former McLean County Coroner, I understand how important organ and tissue donation is in our community and throughout the state,” Rep. Brady added. “And as the father of a 16 year-old who recently got his license, this is a conversation that has taken place in my own home as well.”
47 states have enacted similar legislation including neighboring Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin.
Improving Illinois’ organ donation guidelines to promote life-saving donations is a continuing priority for Representative Brady. In the previous 99th General Assembly he authored and passed a new law to help facilitate donations by expediting the permitting process for briefly transferring a deceased organ donor out of state for donation.
For more information on organ donation or to register with the Secretary of State’s Organ/Tissue Donor Registry you can go to LifeGoesOn.com or call 1-800-210-2106.
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