Senate Passes Bill Allowing for Non-Profit Organizations to Operate the State's Organ Donation Registry

June 20, 2013

The New York State Senate today passed a bill aimed at increasing organ donation in New York State.  The bill (S.5046A), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon, Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, would provide that a non-profit contractor operate the New York State Donate Life Registry in an effort to increase donations.

“While New York State has the third highest need for transplantable organs, and one New Yorker dies every 13 hours awaiting a transplant, only 20 percent of our population is enrolled in the New York State Donate Life Registry,” said Senator Hannon. “My bill will increase enrollment by streamlining the registration process and creating new avenues for promotion.”

Currently, the organ donation registry is run by the state.  New York State is 48th in the nation for organ donation, however, the state has a great need for transplantable organs, eyes, and tissue. This legislation would help New York increase enrollment in the Donate Life Registry by adopting the model of other states with the highest number of donors.

In eight of the top ten organ donation states, where more than 60 percent of eligible donors are on the registry, the operation and promotion of the registries have been turned over to non-profit organizations. Other large states such as California, Texas, Illinois and Florida have turned over their registries to a non-profit whose mission is dedicated to organ donation. 

The bill will be sent to the Assembly.