LiveOnNY staff and volunteers took part in the New York State Legislative Day, organized by The New York Alliance for Donation, (NYAD) a non-profit organization comprised of organ and tissue recovery organizations throughout the state, in Albany, N.Y.
On Legislative Day, NYAD and LiveOnNY attended meetings with senators, assemblymen and additional members of the state government in order to further educate these legislators on the miracle that is organ donation and influence them to pass laws and amendments that could help to increase the number of registered organ donors in New York.
The organizations focused on gaining the support of the legislators on two initiatives. The first was to enable young adults to enroll in the New York State Donor Registry beginning at age 16. Senator Hannon’s legislation was introduced and received a bill number (S.6972) and the Assembly companion bill passed out of the Health Committee. The second, which received equal support and encouraging feedback was the newly introduced legislation amending Lauren’s Law, which has been referred to the Health Committees in the respective Houses (S.5101). In 2012, Lauren’s Law was passed with the intent to require driver license applicants to actively choose whether they would like to become a registered organ, eye and tissue donor on the New York State Donor Registry.