Ozinga Bill to Increase Organ Donors Passes both Houses

On Wednesday, legislation introduced by State Representative Tim Ozinga (R – Mokena) passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly. The legislation offers more opportunities to sign up to be organ donors in Illinois.

“This idea was brought to me by a dedicated father and great advocate of organ donations in my community. I am proud to have introduced the legislation on behalf of him as a way to honor his late daughter Maddie “Maddog.” I am glad this effort can be viewed beyond the usual lens of partisan politics and appreciate the bipartisan efforts of Senator Belt.”

The bill, HB 4696, offers purchasers of Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) hunting licenses the opportunity to be redirected to the First Person Consent organ and tissue donor registry website maintained by the Secretary of State.

HB 4696 passed the Senate unanimously on April 6, 2022, and heads to the governor’s desk for his signature.