Maine LD 528: An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the Maine Organ and Tissue Donation Fund

LD 528 (subjects: DEATH , ORGAN DONATIONS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=528&PID=1456&snum=127


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Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Bill Diamond of Cumberland: (D – District 26) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

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Chamber

Action
2/26/2015 Senate Committee on TRANSPORTATION
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Collins of York REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
2/26/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/9/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED.
READ ONCE
ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY.
4/14/2015 Senate COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/16/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
4/23/2015 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED.

In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/28/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/29/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED – Emergency – 2/3 Elected Required, in concurrence.
5/13/2015 Senate On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending CONSIDERATION
Unfinished Business
5/14/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/19/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/20/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
LD 528 In Senate, May 20, 2015, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?” 0 In Favor and 34 Against, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become law and the VETO was SUSTAINED.

Bill Text

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An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the Maine Organ and Tissue Donation Fund

Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and

Whereas, current law allows Maine residents to donate to the Maine Organ and Tissue Donation Fund through a check-off option when obtaining or renewing a driver’s license; and

Whereas, the donated funds are collected by the Secretary of State for use by the Organ Donation Advisory Council for the purposes of facilitating the education and registration of residents of the State in organ donation; and

Whereas, under current law the Secretary of State is required to report to the Treasurer of State the available funds for distribution to the fund; and

Whereas, means do not exist for the Organ Donation Advisory Council to be the fiscal administrator of the fund, and therefore the funds cannot be distributed as required by law; and

Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 29-A MRSA 1312, sub- 2, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 127, 1 and affected by 5, is amended to read:

2. Contributions credited to Maine Organ and Tissue Donation Fund. The Secretary of State shall determine annually the total amount contributed pursuant to subsection 1. Prior to the beginning of the next year, the All interest earned by the fund pursuant to section 1402-B, subsection 4 becomes part of the fund. The Secretary of State shall deduct the cost of administering the Maine Organ and Tissue Donation Fund checkoff and report the remainder to the Treasurer of State, who shall forward that amount to the Maine Organ and Tissue Donation Fund , not to exceed 1% of the total donations collected. Any balance remaining in the fund at the end of the fiscal year does not lapse but is carried forward into subsequent fiscal years. Fund revenue must be collected, managed, deposited, invested and disbursed to the Organ Donation Advisory Council under section 1402-B by the Secretary of State.

Sec. 2. 29-A MRSA 1402-B, sub- 4, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 127, 4 and affected by 5, is amended to read:

4. Maine Organ and Tissue Donation Fund. The Maine Organ and Tissue Donation Fund, referred to in this subsection as “the fund,” is established as an interest-bearing account administered by the council for the purpose of facilitating the education and registration of residents of the State in organ donation Secretary of State. Any private or public funds appropriated, allocated, dedicated or donated to the fund, including from the Maine Organ and Tissue Donation Fund checkoff under section 1312, must be deposited into the fund as well as income from any other source directed to the fund. All interest earned by the fund becomes part of the fund. Any balance remaining in the fund at the end of the fiscal year does not lapse but is carried forward into subsequent fiscal years. All money received into the fund must be used by the council for the purposes of the fund except that balances in the fund may be used facilitating the education and registration of residents of the State in organ donation and for the necessary administrative expenses of the council in the administration of the fund.

Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.

SUMMARY

This bill clarifies that the Secretary of State and not the Treasurer of State manages the Maine Organ and Tissue Donation Fund and distributes revenue to the Organ Donation Advisory Council, that all interest accrued by the fund becomes part of the fund and that the fund is nonlapsing.

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