Madison - A bill aimed at increasing organ donation in Wisconsin is closer to becoming law. On Tuesday, the Wisconsin State Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to make sure organ donors will have job protections.
State Senator Alberta Darling authored the bi-partisan bill. Senator Darling's late husband, Dr. Bill Darling, was on an organ transplant list. Darling says she hopes to bring more attention to the need for organ donation.
"Every day around 20 people die waiting for an organ transplant," Darling said, "It's my hope this bill will encourage more people to be living donors."
Senate Bill 517 allows a donor to take up to six weeks of leave if they donate an organ or bone marrow. More than 2,000 people are waiting for organs in Wisconsin. However, only 57% of eligible Wisconsin ID holders are signed up to be organ donors. Darling encourages more people to become donors.
"Take a minute to sign up, it could add years to someone's life," Darling said, "Please visit yesiwillwisconsin.com
and let your family know."
Senate Bill 517 was approved by a vote of 31-1 and now heads to the State Assembly for further action.
Senator Darling represents portions of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties.