At a news conference in the Statehouse, Senate President Richard J. Codey, D-Essex, unveiled new, first-of-its-kind legislation designed to promote organ donation in New Jersey.

20 Dec: Codey Unveils First-In-The-Nation Initiative To Increase Organ Donation, Save Lives

TRENTON – Senate President Richard J. Codey (D-Essex) today unveiled the “New Jersey Hero Act” – pioneering legislation aimed at increasing organ donation and educating residents on the importance of giving the “Gift of Life.” The legislation would make New Jersey the first state in the nation to require two key components – organ donation decisions before applying for a driver’s license and mandatory high school education.

“For the first time anywhere in this country, we are mandating a discussion – one that can, and will, save lives and make everyone a hero,” said Sen. Codey. “This is about more than just checking off a few boxes. This is a full-scale humanitarian effort that will save lives. One day, organ donation will no longer be an afterthought, but a forethought.”