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New Law: Donation for anatomical gift program

Published (7/15/2011)
By Mike Cook
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In addition to being asked if they want to be an organ donor, people applying for a driver’s license or a state identification card will be asked to contribute financially to an awareness campaign. The same question will be posed when registering and transferring title on a motor vehicle.

Sponsored by Rep. Sarah Anderson (R-Plymouth) and Sen. David Senjem (R-Rochester), a new law establishes a $2 donation option “for the purposes of public information and education on anatomical gifts.”

The money will be used as grants to federally certified organ procurement organizations and nonprofit organizations that advocate for organ and tissue donation. Funds will also cover all Department of Public Safety expenses to implement the program.

Anderson said more than 2 million Minnesotans have already signed up for organ donation, a rate of about 50 percent, but the percentage is much higher in the eight states that have similar programs.

The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2012.

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