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Organ donor fund legislation wins final passage, heads to gov

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho drivers will be able to contribute to a voluntary fund to promote organ donations, following a 61-6 House vote on a measure creating an organ donation fund. Monday's vote sends the bill to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter for signature. It's already passed the Senate unanimously. According to the measure, people applying for or renewing their driver's license can give $2. Furthermore, people could make a voluntary contribution when applying for or renewing their vehicle registration. Backers of the measure aim to promote the system of matching up people in dire need of eyes, kidneys, tissues and other vital organs with those who want to make a donation, should they be killed in an accident. Anyone can be a potential organ and tissue donor, regardless of age or medical condition.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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