Legislature(2005 - 2006)BUTROVICH 205

05/04/2005 01:30 PM HEALTH, EDUCATION & SOCIAL SERVICES


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Rescheduled to 2:15 pm --
+= HB 214 ANATOMICAL GIFTS & REGISTRY TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSHB 214(STA) Out of Committee
+ HJR 20 PROSTATE CANCER DRUGS TELECONFERENCED
Moved HJR 20 Out of Committee
+= HB 53 CHILDREN IN NEED OF AID/ADOPTION/GUARDIAN TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSSSHB 53(HES) Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                                                                                                                                
           CSHB 214(HES)-ANATOMICAL GIFTS & REGISTRY                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON announced that HB 214 was up for consideration.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
VANESSA TONDINI, staff to Representative McGuire, sponsor of HB
214, said:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Last year Representative  McGuire passed the Anatomical                                                                    
     Gifts Registry Bill that created  a central registry so                                                                    
     that you go  to DMV and you can request  to be an organ                                                                    
     donor.  That information  would be  put into  a central                                                                    
     database  where it  would actually  make a  difference.                                                                    
     So,  if and  when  something did  happen  to you,  this                                                                    
     information  could  get linked  up  then  to the  organ                                                                    
     recipient.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     And  since  that  bill  has  passed,  it  has  come  to                                                                    
     Representative  McGuire's attention  that there  were a                                                                    
     few  definitions that  needed  to  be corrected,  which                                                                    
     this  bill  does.  One  is  the  definition  of  "organ                                                                    
     procurement  organization" and  we changed  that to  be                                                                    
     more inclusive to  allow Life Alaska, which  is our in-                                                                    
     state  donation   program,  to   have  access   to  the                                                                    
     database.   Also,   it   expands  the   definition   of                                                                    
     "technician"  to   accurately  reflect  that   not  all                                                                    
     technicians that would be  harvesting this material are                                                                    
     necessarily licensed by the State Medical Board.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Also, it  expands the notification requirements  and we                                                                    
     also  worked with  the EMTs  to insure  that they  were                                                                    
     happy and comfortable with what's being asked of them.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Then  it just  clears up  some inconsistencies  between                                                                    
     federal regulations and state laws.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR OLSON asked why technicians who are harvesting organs                                                                   
don't have to be licensed.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
BRUCE  ZALNERAITIS, Executive  Director, Life  Alaska, said  that                                                               
while organs  must be harvested  by transplant surgeons  or teams                                                               
in  transplant  facilities,  skin grafts,  retinal  tissue,  bone                                                               
grafts and tissues  of that sort can be  harvested by technicians                                                               
who are not physicians.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELTON moved to report  SCS CSSB 214(STA) out of committee                                                               
with individual recommendations and  attached fiscal notes. There                                                               
were no objections it was so ordered.                                                                                           

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