FRANKFORT – Senator Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, has been appointed to a conference committee to finalize details of Senate Bill 4, which would align Kentucky with most other states through the Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act.
“It is an honor to be chosen to serve on the conference committee established to hammer out the details of legislation that would bring Kentucky into a national network of organ donors,” Senator Harper Angel said. “I will work with my colleagues in both the House and the Senate to reach a compromise to send to the Governor for his signature.”
Senator Harper Angel was chosen by Senate President David L. Williams, R-Burkesville, to represent the Senate Democratic Caucus as a member of the legislative conference committee.
Senate Bill 4 would add Kentucky to a national registry of 39 states that share information on potential donors, and would specify how a person may indicate the desire to donate organs and who may make the decision if the person dies without indicating that desire.
Senator Harper Angel said Senate Bill 4 clarifies the long-standing medical principle that no caregiver can withhold medical attention, food, or water, in order to hasten death and make organs available – a common concern among most potential donors.
Senator Harper Angel is co-sponsoring Senate Bill 4 with Senator Williams.
If the conference committee reaches an agreement, the bill will be sent back to the respective bodies to be voted upon. If it gains approval from both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the bill will be sent to Governor Steve Beshear to be signed into law.
"With her experience as a legislator and work on the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, Senator Harper Angel brings to the table a great deal of knowledge and experience to help move the negotiations along," said Senate Democratic Floor Leader Ed Worley, D-Richmond. "I feel confident that she will represent the caucus well and work across party lines to reach an agreement."
Senator Harper Angel, who represents the 35th District, has served in the State Senate since 2005.
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