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          Date of Hearing:   March 19, 2015

                             ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON RULES

                                Richard Gordon, Chair

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          (Frazier) - As Introduced February 23, 2015

          SUBJECT:  Donate Life California Day:  driver's license.

          SUMMARY:  Designates 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.  Specifically, this  
          resolution makes the following legislative findings:

          1)Organ, tissue, eye, and blood donation are compassionate and  
            life-giving acts looked upon and recognized in the highest  
            regard. A single individual's donation of heart, lungs, liver,  
            kidneys, pancreas, and small intestine can save up to eight  
            lives, the donation of tissue can save and enhance lives of up  
            to 50 others, and a single blood donation can help save three  
            people in need.

          2)There are currently more than 123,000 individuals nationwide  
            and over 22,000 Californians currently on the national organ  
            transplant wait list.  While about one-third of these patients  
            receive a transplant each year, another one-third die while  
            waiting due to a shortage of donated organs.

          3)A California resident can register with the Donate Life  


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            California Registry when applying for or renewing his or her  
            driver's license or identification card at the Department of  
            Motor Vehicles; which is on its tenth year as the official  
            partner of Donate Life California.

          4)Nearly twelve million Californians have joined together to  
            save lives by signing up with the state-authorized Donate Life  
            California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry to ensure their  
            wishes of donating their organs are recognized and honored.

          5)Minorities are more likely to need a life-saving transplant  
            due higher incidences of hypertension, diabetes, and  
            hepatitis, which are conditions that can potentially lead to  
            organ failure.  In California, Latinos make up 39 percent of  
            those waiting for life-saving transplants, Pacific Islanders  
            make up 20 percent, and African Americans another 12 percent.

          FISCAL EFFECT:  None



          Donate Life California



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          Analysis Prepared by:Nicole Willis / RLS. / (916) 319-2800