Michigan Strengthens Organ Donor Rights, Joins National Momentum to Bring Uniformity to Organ Donation Laws.
LANSING, Mich. -- Late last week, Governor Jennifer Granholm <noinclude></noinclude> Jennifer Mulhern Granholm (born February 5, 1959 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian-born American politician and the current Governor of the U.S. state of Michigan. signed six bills that enhance donor rights while clarifying all aspects of the donation process in Michigan. Effective May 1, 2008, the laws completely revise the Uniform Anatomical Gift Law (UAGL) in Michigan to more accurately reflect the current donation and transplantation environment. The laws will further uphold a person's ability to make a binding personal decision for or against organ, tissue and eye donation eye donation Transplantation The harvesting of decendents' corneas with deposition in an eye bank at the time of death.
The new laws New Laws: see Las Casas, Bartolomé de. are part of a nationwide movement to make Michigan compatible with other state laws, the federal National Organ Transplant organ transplant: see transplantation, medical. Act and Medicare regulations. Michigan will become the 22nd state to adopt the uniform law, which is also under consideration in many other states.
The Revised UAGL had bipartisan support across both chambers of the Michigan Legislature The Michigan Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is organized as a bicameral institution consisting of the Senate, the upper house, and the House of Representatives, the lower house. , and received unanimous approval throughout each step of the legislative process.
Rep. Paul Condino (D-Southfield), a National Uniform Law Commissioner, sponsored the main bill of the package. Sponsors of the other bills that comprise the Revised UAGL are Rep. Kathy Angerer Kathy Angerer (born November 16, 1957) is the Democratic State Representative in the Michigan State House of Representatives, representing the 55th District which covers parts of Monroe County and Washtenaw County. (D-Dundee), Sen. Hansen Clarke Hansen Clarke (born March 2, 1957) is a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He is a Democratic member of the Michigan Senate, representing the 1st District since 2003. (D-Detroit), Sen. Jason Allen Jason Jamar Allen (born July 5, 1983 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama) is American football cornerback who currently plays for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Dolphins in the first round (16th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. (R-Traverse City), Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw) and Rep. Brian Calley (R-Portland).
The Revised UAGL eliminates past conflicting state and federal laws by creating uniformity that will help make the best of every single donation opportunity. "The new law will strengthen donor rights," states Richard Pietroski, newly appointed Executive Director of Gift of Life Michigan. "It eliminates barriers to donation that we commonly face in our everyday practice."
Pietroski added: "We thank Representative Condino and all the sponsors for their leadership in making Michigan law consistent with other states." Gift of Life Michigan also recognizes the support given by the chairs of both the Senate and House Health Policy Committees, Senator Tom George (R-Kalamazoo) and Representative Kathy Angerer (D- Dundee).
Last year in Michigan, a record 301 organ donors provided 881 organs for life-saving transplants. In addition, a record 920 tissue donors enhanced the lives of thousands more through their gifts. It is now easier for individuals to designate themselves as potential donors through the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. Residents can display a heart donor sticker on the front of their driver's license or state ID card to show they are registered. To sign up on the Donor Registry, visit giftoflifemichigan.org or call Gift of Life Michigan at 800-482-4881.
Gift of Life Michigan is the state's federally authorized organ recovery organization.