California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 29


Introduced by Assembly Member Frazier

February 23, 2015


Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 29—Relative to organ donation.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

ACR 29, as introduced, Frazier. Donate Life California Day: driver’s license.

This measure would designate April 20, 2015, as DMV/Donate Life California Day in the State of California and the month of April 2015, as DMV/Donate Life California Month in the State of California, and would encourage all Californians to sign up with the Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, Organ, tissue, eye, and blood donation are
2compassionate and life-giving acts looked upon and recognized
3in the highest regard; and

4WHEREAS, More than 123,000 individuals nationwide and
5over 22,000 Californians are currently on the national organ
6transplant wait list. While about one-third of these patients receive
7a transplant each year, another one-third die while waiting due to
8a shortage of donated organs; and

9WHEREAS, A single individual’s donation of heart, lungs,
10liver, kidneys, pancreas, and small intestine can save up to eight
11lives, the donation of tissue can save and enhance the lives of up
12to 50 others, and a single blood donation can help three people in
13need; and

P2    1WHEREAS, Millions of lives each year are saved and enhanced
2by donors of organs, tissue, eyes, and blood; and

3WHEREAS, The California Department of Motor Vehicles is
4celebrating 100 years of service to the State of California and ten
5years as the official partner of Donate Life California; and

6WHEREAS, A California resident can register with the Donate
7Life California Registry when applying for or renewing his or her
8driver’s license or identification card at the Department of Motor
9Vehicles; and

10WHEREAS, Nearly twelve million Californians have joined
11together to save lives by signing up with the state-authorized
12Donate Life California Organ and tissue Donor Registry to ensure
13that their wishes to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor are
14recognized and honored; and

15WHEREAS, Minorities are more likely to need a life-saving
16transplant due to higher incidences of hypertension, diabetes, and
17hepatitis, conditions that can potentially lead to organ failure and
18placement on the national organ transplant waiting list; and

19WHEREAS, Nationwide, minorities make up 58 percent of
20organ transplant candidates and 64 percent of those awaiting kidney
21transplants. In California, Latinos make up 39 percent of those
22waiting for life-saving transplants, Asians and Pacific Islanders
2320 percent, and African Americans another 12 percent; and

24WHEREAS, Minorities make up more than one-half of the
25population of high school students in California, according to the
26State Department of Education. These high school students will
27have the opportunity to make a decision about saving lives and
28joining the state-authorized Donate Life California Registry to
29ensure that their wishes to be organ, eye, and tissue donors are
30recognized and honored; and

31WHEREAS, Donate Life California has developed a
32comprehensive Educator Resource Guide that includes many of
33the health education content standards for California public schools.
34This Educator Resource Guide includes lesson plans and
35educational DVDs about organ, eye, and tissue donation, and the
36Donate Life California Registry created specifically for the youth
37population; now, therefore, be it

38Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
39thereof concurring,
That in recognition of April as National Donate
40Life Month, the Legislature proclaims April 20, 2015, as
P3    1DMV/Donate Life California Day in the State of California, and
2April 2015 as DMV/Donate Life California Month in the State of
3California. In doing so, the Legislature encourages all Californians
4to check “YES” when applying for or renewing a driver’s license
5or identification card, or by signing up at
6www.donatelifecalifornia.org or www.donevidacalifornia.org; and
7be it further

8Resolved, that the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
9of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.



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