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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: March 13, 2014 12:58 PM
From: Representative John T. Galloway
To: All House members
Subject: CORRECTION: Gift of Life Act - Monica’s Law
 
Recently a family member donated her kidney to save the life of my nephew. The costs to the donor, associated with this honorable act, are prohibitive.

In the near future, I intend to introduce legislation that would amend the Tax Reform Code of 1971 to offer a Personal Income Tax deduction of up to $10,000 for living organ donors.

My legislation seeks to help ease the burden on the donor themselves by allowing them to deduct the expenses incurred through this noble act such as travel, lodging, medical, and lost wages and encourage living organ donation.

Living organ donation has become more common in recent years. Living donation occurs when a living person donates an organ for transplantation, such as a kidney or segment of the lung, liver, pancreas, or intestine. Living donors may be blood relatives, emotionally-related individuals, or altruistic strangers. According to the Department of Health and Human Services there were 337 living organ donations made in Pennsylvania last year.

In June of 2007 the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee published their performance evaluation of Pennsylvania’s organ and tissue donor awareness program pursuant to House Resolution 698 of 2006. Among the recommendations provided in the report was a suggestion that the Commonwealth consider “providing tax deductions to living donors for non-reimbursed expenses related to living donation”. In 2006, the legislature passed Act 65, the Organ and Bone Marrow Donor Act, which reimburses businesses allowing a paid leave of absence for their employees for the specific purpose of organ and bone marrow donation.

Please join me in supporting the generosity of those who choose to make a living organ donation. We owe it to both the donors and the recipients of their tremendous gift to ease the financial burden these heroes among us endure through their service to others.



Introduced as HB127