Bill To Change Organ Donor Decision Gets Hearing

A joint session of the House and Senate gather in the House Chambers for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott delivering his State of the State address, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Stephen Spillman)

A first of it’s kind bill making it’s way through the Texas house will be heard on the House Committee on Transportation today.

HB1938 was written by Dallas Republican Representative Jason Villalba and it will require citizens to opt out of being an organ donor instead of choosing to be one.

Villalba claims the bill would increase the number of organ donors in Texas but critics are saying it presumes intent.

They feel it will take advantage of people who don’t understand the “opt out” system.

Villalba’s bill would require license holders get 2 notices to let them know they can opt out.

The bill would apply to people over the age of 18 and is not going to impact any current Texas driver’s license holder.


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