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Haine legislation to improve organ and tissue transplant process signed into law

 

From Illinois Business Journal news services

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton, intended to improve the organ and tissue transplant process throughout the Metro East, has been signed by the governor.

House Bill 4120, a bipartisan measure that passed both houses of the legislature without a single no vote, will enable a better process for tissue and organ donors by allowing donations to occur at a state-of-the-art facility in St. Louis.

“I am thrilled to see this legislation gain such great support and to see it signed into law,” said Haine. “Every minute counts when it comes to tissue and organ donations. This legislation allows for a better process so those who need organ and tissue donations are able to receive them quickly, thereby increasing the likelihood of successful recovery and saving lives.”

The legislation allows Illinois funeral directors or transporters to move bodies across state lines to state-of-the-art facilities in St. Louis. It also eliminates unnecessary regulations and paperwork in order to expedite the process.

This measure was signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday and goes into effect January 1.

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