Contact: Senator Joe Kenney

(603) 271 – 2111

July 24, 2006

Concord , NH – Senate Bill 281, a bill that establishes a donor registry for anatomical gifts allowing people to indicate their wishes to the division of motor vehicles was sponsored by Senator Joe Kenney (R- Wakefield). Senate Bill 281 allows organ procurement organizations, like the New England Organ Bank(NEOB) access to such information.

Senate Bill 281 will help people who wish to become an organ or tissue donor and allow local facilities an opportunity to check records with the main database orchestrated by the Division of Motor Vehicles. The heart symbol on a driver’s license, that currently adorn many New Hampshire licenses actually carries very little significance for organ and tissue donations. Senator Kenney remarked,“When I was first asked to sponsor the bill, I thought that the heart logo on my license specifically indicated my wishes to be an organ or tissue donor. After working with the NEOB it was made very clear to me that it really carried no significance.”

Governor John Lynch commented, “This registry will make it easier to follow the wishes of people who have made the selfless decision to donate their organs, a gift that has the potential to save several other lives.”

The registry is an all or nothing option for organ or tissue donation. If an individual has specific concerns as to what will be available for donation they should carry a registry card or make arrangement with family members. Senator Kenney concluded, “The database created by the DMV and the access given to organizations like NEOB is a long overdue change to our system. I am proud to have been the prime sponsor of a bill that has the potential to save hundreds of lives each year.”

Senator Kenney represents Senate District 3, which is comprised of, Brookfield, Chatham, Conway, Eaton, Effingham, Farmington, Freedom, Madison, Middleton, Milton, Moultonborough, Ossipee, Sandwich, Tamworth, Tuftonboro, Wakefield and Wolfeboro.