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Organ Donor Legislation Becomes Law

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Tom Drew, D-132, Fairfield and Southport, was signed into law by Gov. M. Jodi Rell on Tuesday. Drew introduced "Laura's Law," which adds organ and bone marrow donor registration information to the instructions for the Connecticut tax return.

"More lives will be saved and health-care costs reduced by making registration information more readily available," said Drew in a press release. "Broadening the pool of organ donors increases the likelihood of a match, saving lives and precious health care dollars and resources."

Drew pushed for the law after a family member, his cousin Ann Linehan of Massachusetts, lost her 20-year-old daughter, Laura, when doctors could not find a suitable donor match for a damaged liver. She died after several years of waiting for a donor. Registration information will be put in the hands of the 1.6 million Connecticut taxpayers. Instructions on how to register with an organ donor organization will be in the tax return.

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