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SCR-18 Donate Life/DMV Partnership Month.(2017-2018)

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Amended  IN  Senate  March 21, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 18


Introduced by Senator Berryhill
(Coauthor: Senator Allen)

January 25, 2017


Relative to organ and tissue donation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SCR 18, as amended, Berryhill. Donate Life California Life/DMV Partnership Month.
This measure would designate April 2017 as 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. proclaim the month of April 2017 as Donate Life/DMV Partnership Month in the State of California and would encourage all Californians to register with the Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, The Legislature has established an official state organ and tissue donor registry that has become the largest in the world, with nearly 14 million people signed up to save and heal the lives of others after death; and
WHEREAS, The 11-year official partnership between Donate Life California and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has produced 95 percent of donors on the registry through the DMV with a simple check-off box; and
WHEREAS, The Legislature has approved the innovative Living Donation California information and referral tool to encourage living kidney donation; and
WHEREAS, The Superintendent of Public Instruction has recognized Donate Life California’s high school education program, which has educated students about organ, eye, and tissue donation for the past six years; and
WHEREAS, California has the greatest need for transplantation in the nation; with nearly 22,000 residents waiting for a second chance at life, representing one in five on the national waiting list; and
WHEREAS, Nine hundred thirty-eight Californians became organ donors in 2016 and 3,866 life-saving transplants were performed in our state that year. Tragically, 994 people died while waiting due to the shortage of available organs; and
WHEREAS, Sadly, in 2016, California had the longest waiting time in the nation for kidney transplants, and the most deaths while waiting, and only 40 percent of Californians sign up as donors; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That in recognition of the month of April as National Donate Life Month, the Legislature proclaims the month of April 2017 as Donate Life/DMV Partnership Month in the State of California; and be it further
Resolved, That in doing so, the Legislature encourages all Californians to register with the Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry by checking “YES!” for organ and tissue donation when applying for or renewing a driver’s license or identification card, or by signing up at www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org or www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature underscores its renewed efforts to save more lives through donor registration and calls on all members of the Legislature to consider how to share information about the cause and about actions to help their constituents in need; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.

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

WHEREAS, There is a critical shortage of available organs for transplant; and

WHEREAS, More than 123,000 individuals nationwide and over 22,000 Californians are 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; and

WHEREAS, 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 the lives of up to 50 others, and a single blood donation can help three people in need; and

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

WHEREAS, 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 that their wishes to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor are recognized and honored; and

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

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

WHEREAS, According to the State Department of Education, minorities make up more than one-half of the population of high school pupils in California. These high school pupils will have the opportunity to make a decision about saving lives and joining the state-authorized Donate Life California Registry to ensure that their wishes to be organ, eye, and tissue donors are recognized and honored; and

WHEREAS, 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; and

WHEREAS, Californians consistently pull together to help those in need. Let us, during Donate Life Month, stand with those facing an uncertain tomorrow and expand our efforts to educate people on the importance of organ donation as a way to improve the lives of our fellow Californians; and

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

Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That in recognition of April as National Donate Life Month, the Legislature proclaims April 2017 as Donate Life California Month in the State of California. In doing so, the Legislature encourages all Californians to check “YES” when applying for or renewing a driver’s license or identification card, or by signing up at www.donatelifecalifornia.org or www.donevidacalifornia.org; and be it further

Resolved, that the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.