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AB-1118 Pupil instruction: health education: organ and tissue donation. (2011-2012)

As Amends the Law Today

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) There are more than 100,000 people on the national organ transplant waiting list, and more than 21,000, or 21 percent, of those people live in California.
(b) Currently only 18 percent of California drivers are designated as organ or tissue donors.
(c) Californians who apply for a California driver’s license are asked whether or not they would like to donate their organs and tissue. It is important that, if we are asking that question, we are allowing the individual to make an informed decision.
(d) There is an urgent need to educate the public about organ and tissue donation.

SEC. 2.

 Section 33542 is added to the Education Code, to read:

 The commission and the state board shall ensure that the health framework adopted in the course of the next submission cycle following the date that this section becomes effective includes the subject of organ procurement and tissue donation in the instruction to be provided to pupils in grades 9 and 10.

SEC. 3.

 Section 51882 is added to the Education Code, to read:

 Commencing with the 2012–13 school year, a school district shall provide pupils who are enrolled in health classes during grade 9 or 10 at least 15 minutes of instruction on organ procurement and tissue donation designed to develop a knowledge of the potentially lifesaving results achieved through organ and tissue transplantation.
SEC. 4.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.