TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Nicholas P. Scutari, to require organ donation information to be put in public colleges and universities as a way to increase the number of donors in the State, was approved by the full Senate today.
“Organ donors are truly giving the gift of life,” said Senator Scutari, D-Middlesex, Somerset, and Union. “This legislation will undoubtedly increase the donor pool and have a positive effect on those unfortunate people struggling with disease and disability.”
The bill, S-91, would require State colleges and universities to put the information about organ donation in an accessible location and make students and staff aware of its availability.
“It’s important to get the message of organ donation to the public, and thousands of potential donors will be reached by placing information about the need for more donors at our locals colleges and universities,” said Senator Scutari. “Nationally, there are about 95,000 men, women and children are waiting for organs for transplantation and even more in desperate need of tissue donation for transplantation, such as corneas, heart-valves, skin and bone.”
The bill now heads to the Assembly for consideration.