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          29 (Frazier)

          As Introduced  February 23, 2015

          Majority vote

          |Committee       |Votes |Ayes                |Noes                |
          |Rules           |11-0  |Gordon, Chang,      |                    |
          |                |      |Burke, Campos,      |                    |
          |                |      |Cooley, Dodd,       |                    |
          |                |      |Jones, Mayes,       |                    |
          |                |      |Rodriguez, Waldron, |                    |
          |                |      |Wood                |                    |

          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.


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          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  
            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 10th year as the official  
            partner of Donate Life California.

          4)Nearly 12 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% of those waiting for  
            life-saving transplants, Pacific Islanders make up 20%, and  
            African Americans another 12%.

          FISCAL EFFECT:  None

          Analysis Prepared by:                                               
          Nicole Willis / RLS. / (916) 319-2800  FN: 0000064


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