ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
New York State's law on organ and tissue donation, known as the Anatomical Gift Act (AGA), is largely based on the 1987 model "Uniform Anatomical Gift Act." In 2006, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws recommended further revisions. Assembly bill A. 6966 (Gottfried) is based on the new recommendations.
The proposed revised AGA is intended to increase donations and the availability of organs and tissues for treatment and education. It would protect an individual's decision to donate, expand and clarify the list of people who can consent to a donation for a deceased patient or a patient who lacks capacity, improve donation and procurement procedures, and bring New York law in line with Federal law.
The Committee fully understands that New York needs to increase organ and tissue donation. The urgency of that need is well known and does not need to be reiterated in testimony.
The purpose of the hearing is to consider the specifics of the bill. Does it help overcome particular obstacles to appropriate donation and procurement? Would it create other problems? Does it protect the intentions, including religious beliefs, of prospective donors?
Persons wishing to testify or attend should complete the hearing reply form and return as indicated as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, October 23. It is important that the form be fully completed and returned so that persons may be notified in the event of emergency postponement or cancellation.
Oral testimony will be limited to ten minutes in length. All testimony is under oath. In preparing the order of witnesses, the Committee will attempt to accommodate individual requests to speak at particular times in view of special circumstances. This request should be made on the reply form or communicated to Committee staff as soon as possible. Ten copies of any written statement should be submitted at the hearing registration table. Written testimony, whether presented in person at the hearing or not, should be e-mailed (as a Word or PDF document) before the hearing or as soon as possible after the hearing to: Elizabeth Hamlin, email@example.com and Estibaliz Alonso, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Questions about this hearing may be directed to Elizabeth Hamlin of the Assembly Health Committee staff at 518-455-4941 or email@example.com or Estibaliz Alonso of Assembly Program and Counsel staff at 518-455-4311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.