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Law aims to speed organ tissue donation process in Metro East


From Illinois Business Journal news services

ALTON – Funeral directors in Metro East now have the ability to take bodies across state lines for purposes of organ tissue donation.

Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton, that aims to improve the organ and tissue transplant process throughout the Metro East took effect with the first of the year.

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.

“Every minute counts when it comes to tissue and organ donations,” Haine said. “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.”

This legislation was heavily supported by Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn.

The legislation allows transporters to move bodies across state lines to facilities in St. Louis. It also eliminates what Haine called unnecessary regulations and paperwork in order to expedite the process.

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