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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 9, 2022 01:53 PM
From: Representative MaryLouise Isaacson
To: All House members
Subject: Providing Public Servants with Blood Donation Leave
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation is continuing to face a blood shortage that poses a concerning risk to vital medical treatments and patient care. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood or platelets for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Blood donation is a selfless act that saves the lives of mothers, neighbors, and friends.
My legislation would provide employees under the jurisdiction of the Governor, General Assembly, judiciary, school districts, and educational institutions, with two hours of paid leave to donate blood. This leave could be used up to four times in one year, allowing covered employees adequate time to go to brick-and-mortar blood donation locations if their local blood drives continue to face cancelations.
It is long past time that we raise awareness surrounding the dire need for blood donations while also enabling our state’s public servants to provide for their community and save lives. I urge my colleagues to join me in co-sponsoring this crucial legislation.
Those looking to donate blood should contact the American Red Cross or your local blood bank. Your donation could save a life.

Introduced as HB373