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Thursday, May 19, 2016

'Lauren's Law' to be extended through 2020

From left, heart transplant recipients Lauren Shields of Stony Point and Roxanne Watson of Spring Valley meet with Sen. David Carlucci in his Nanuet office in this 2012 file photo. (Photo: Peter Carr / The Journal News)
LoHud | The Journal News | Jon Campbell

ALBANY - An organ-donation law named after a Rockland County teenager will be extended for another four years.

The state Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed an extension of "Lauren's Law," which requires drivers license applicants to answer whether they would like to be added to the state's organ-donor registry.

The Senate unanimously passed the extension bill in February. Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for Cuomo, said the governor will sign it into law, which will keep Lauren's Law in effect through early October 2020.

The law, which had been set to expire Oct. 3, is named after Lauren Shields of Stony Point, who was 12 years old when it first passed in 2012. Shields received a heart transplant in 2009.

"We need to make sure New York state comes to be the No. 1 state in the near future on organ donation," said Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, who sponsored the bill in his chamber. Continue reading
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