Missouri House votes to extend donations to organ donor fund

1 week 6 days 11 hours ago April 11, 2017 Apr 11, 2017 Tuesday, April 11 2017 Tuesday, April 11, 2017 12:08:00 PM CDT in News
Source: AP
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's income tax checkoff for donations to the state organ donor fund could be extended under a proposal given initial approval in the House.

The bill passed overwhelmingly with a voice vote Tuesday after an emotional speech from Rep. Steve Cookson about a recent diagnosis of liver failure.

Cookson told the House that he is hoping to get a transplant after the legislative session's end in May.

The bill extends checkoffs on state income tax returns that started in 2011. It allows people to donate at least $2 on an individual return or at least $4 on a combined return to the Missouri Organ Donor Trust Fund.

The donor fund maintains the organ and tissue donor registry and educates people about the benefits of organ donation.

 

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