OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5333



This bill creates an advisory council on organ and tissue donation education and awareness. The council consists of government officials, health care professionals, representatives from donation and related organizations, and people with experience in organ and tissue donation and transplants, including a donor and a recipient. Among other things, the council must determine ways to increase the number of organ and tissue donations and set goals for increasing the number of registered donors. The council must annually report on its actions and recommendations.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012


Under the bill, the members of the council include:

1. the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) commissioner or her designee;

2. the Department of Public Health (DPH) commissioner or her designee;

3. Donate Life Connecticut's executive director, or his or her designee;

4. a representative of each in-state organization that is a member of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations;

5. a health care professional representing each in-state transplant center that is a member of the federal Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network;

6. the Connecticut Hospital Association's chief executive officer, or his or her designee; and

7. five people with experience involving organ and tissue donation or transplants, one each appointed by the governor and the four legislative leaders, including a recipient of a donated organ or donated tissue, a living donor, and a deceased donor's family member.

The bill provides that council members serve without pay. The governor appoints the council's chairperson from among its members. Members serve three-year terms, and may not serve more than two consecutive terms. (It appears that this term limit applies to all council members. ) Vacancies are filled by the appointing authority.

The bill requires the council to hold its first meeting by December 1, 2012. The council must meet (1) at least four times per year and (2) as requested by the chairperson or a majority of council members.

Council Duties and Reporting

The bill requires the council to:

1. analyze education on organ tissue donation in the state,

2. determine the rate of organ and tissue donation registration in the state and establish periodic goals for increasing that rate (the DMV commissioner must provide the council with data on registered organ donors on a quarterly basis), and

3. advise the DPH and DMV commissioners on ways to increase organ and tissue donation rates in the state.

The bill requires the council to report annually to the Public Health and Transportation committees, with the first report due July 1, 2013. The report must concern organ and tissue donation awareness in the state, and, at a minimum, (1) indicate what the council has done to increase donations and (2) recommend how to increase donation rates.


Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute Change of Reference






Appropriations Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute