Amended in Assembly April 20, 2015

Amended in Assembly April 13, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 29

Introduced by Assembly Member Frazier

(Principal coauthor: Senator Runner)

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(Coauthors: Assembly Members Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Atkins, Baker, Bigelow, Bloom, Bonta, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chang, Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle, Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Grove, Hadley, Harper, Holden, Irwin, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte, O’Donnell, Olsen, Patterson, Perea, Quirk, Rendon, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, Williams, and Wood)

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(Coauthor: Senator Berryhill)

February 23, 2015

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


ACR 29, as amended, 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.

P2    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

14WHEREAS, Millions of lives each year are saved and enhanced
15by donors of organs, tissue, eyes, and blood; and

16WHEREAS, The California Department of Motor Vehicles is
17celebrating 100 years of service to the State of California and ten
18years as the official partner of Donate Life California; and

19WHEREAS, A California resident can register with the Donate
20Life California Registry when applying for or renewing his or her
21driver’s license or identification card at the Department of Motor
22Vehicles; and

23WHEREAS, Nearly twelve million Californians have joined
24together to save lives by signing up with the state-authorized
25Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry to ensure
26that their wishes to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor are
27recognized and honored; and

28WHEREAS, Minorities are more likely to need a life-saving
29transplant due to higher incidences of hypertension, diabetes, and
30hepatitis, conditions that can potentially lead to organ failure and
31placement on the national organ transplant waiting list; and

32WHEREAS, Nationwide, minorities make up 58 percent of
33organ transplant candidates and 64 percent of those awaiting kidney
34transplants. In California, Latinos make up 39 percent of those
35waiting for life-saving transplants, Asians and Pacific Islanders
3620 percent, and African Americans another 12 percent; and

P3    1WHEREAS, Minorities make up more than one-half of the
2population of high school students in California, according to the
3State Department of Education. These high school students will
4have the opportunity to make a decision about saving lives and
5joining the state-authorized Donate Life California Registry to
6ensure that their wishes to be organ, eye, and tissue donors are
7recognized and honored; and

8WHEREAS, Donate Life California has developed a
9comprehensive Educator Resource Guide that includes many of
10the health education content standards for California public schools.
11This Educator Resource Guide includes lesson plans and
12educational DVDs about organ, eye, and tissue donation, and the
13Donate Life California Registry created specifically for the youth
14population; now, therefore, be it

15Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
16thereof concurring,
That in recognition of April as National Donate
17Life Month, the Legislature proclaims April 20, 2015, as
18DMV/Donate Life California Day in the State of California, and
19April 2015 as DMV/Donate Life California Month in the State of
20California. In doing so, the Legislature encourages all Californians
21to check “YES” when applying for or renewing a driver’s license
22or identification card, or by signing up at or; and
24be it further

25Resolved, that the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
26of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.