Location: SCR 357
BILL SUMMARY for HB17-1027
SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
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10:18 AM -- HB17-1027
Senators Gardner and Garcia, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 17-1027, which removes the July 1, 2018, repeal date for the Emily Maureen Ellen Keyes Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Fund, continuing it indefinitely, and renames the fund the Emily Keyes - John W. Buckner Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Fund. The bill clarifies that an applicant's self-designation as an organ and tissue donor on a driver license, identification card, or instruction permit remains in effect until revoked by the applicant, codifying that organ donation is an advance directive and a lifetime designation. Under the bill, computer reprogramming costs for the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may be paid from the fund. Finally, the bill requires the Donor Alliance, Inc., to submit an annual report to the Department of Revenue (DOR) detailing the amounts and specific uses of all funds it receives by October 1 of each year, which the DOR must include as part of its SMART Government Act hearing. Senator Garcia presented the committee with a letter of support from John-Michael Keyes (Attachment C).
10:28 AM -- Brad Kornfeld, representing the Donor Alliance, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Kornfeld responded to committee questions.
10:36 AM -- Susan Dunn, representing the Donor Alliance, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Dunn responded to committee questions.
10:46 AM -- Kacey Johnson, representing the Donor Alliance, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Johnson and Ms. Dunn responded to committee questions.
10:50 AM -- Mike Dixon, representing the Division of Motor Vehicles within DOR, testified in support of the bill.
Senators Garcia and Gardner wrapped up their presentation of HB 17-1027 and responded to committee questions. The bill was laid over for action only at the next committee meeting.