President Pro Tempore
Sen. Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: May 11, 2009
Sen. Glenn Coffee
COFFEE SIMPLIFIES ORGAN DONATION
New law cuts red tape of organ donation and helps
Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee said he
is encouraged by the signing of Senate Bill 622 that will make
the process of organ donation more efficient and more accessible.
The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, Senate Bill 622,
mirrors similar laws in various states that help families throughout
the nation receive vital organs for their loved ones. Families
are often put through unnecessary waiting periods and paperwork
from state to state in order to obtain an organ donation for a
Oklahoma has a unique honor in being one of the
top states in the nation in donor registration with over 1.63
million adult Oklahomans registered to be organ, eye and tissue
donors. Very few states have a higher percentage of licensed drivers
registered to be donors.
“Numerous lives are saved each year through
the gift of organ donation,” said Coffee. “Yet roadblocks
between states can prevent this life-saving transplant from happening.
The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act is a practical approach to creating
uniformity across state lines and making organ donation more accessible.
“I thank the Governor for identifying this
bill as a critical, life-saving measure for Oklahoma organ donor
recipients. Having made the choice myself to be a registered organ
donor, I also encourage Oklahomans across the state to help save
a life and become a registered donor themselves,” said Coffee.
For more information contact:
Sen. Coffee's Office - 405-521-5636