Senator White’s Bill Promoting Organ Donation Sent to Governor

The House of Representatives gave final legislative approval Wednesday (December 2) to a bill introduced by Senator Don White intended to promote organ donation efforts and donor designations on Pennsylvania driver’s licenses and identification cards.

Senate Bill 398 would redesign driver’s license and identification card applications to include the statement “Pennsylvania strongly supports organ and tissue donation because of its life-saving and life-enhancing opportunities” and the question “Do you wish to have organ donor designation printed on your driver’s license?”

The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature and enactment into law.

“I appreciate the support of my colleagues in the Senate and House in moving this bill to the Governor,” said Senator White. “I sincerely hope this will lead people to seriously consider organ donation and help save lives.”

According to the Donate Life America website, more than 117,000 men, women and children currently need organ transplants. Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list and an average of 18 people die each day due to the lack of available organs for transplant.
While 90 percent of Americans say they support donation, only about half of eligible Pennsylvanians have organ donation designated on their driver’s license.

Contact: Joe Pittman jpittman@pasen.gov