BILL SUMMARY for HB09-1023
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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|Refer House Bill 09-1023 to the Committee of the W||PASS|
11:16 AM -- House Bill 09-1023
Senator Boyd introduced House Bill 09-1023. The bill authorizes a minor who is at least 16 years of age to donate blood with the consent of the minor's parents.
11:17 AM -- Jessica Maitland, Bonfils Blood Center, described the services provided by Bonfils Blood Center. She stated that the state hasn't experienced a major shortage of blood in many years, but there is an increased need for donors as the state's population ages. She stated that lowering the age for eligible donors will help to expand the base of potential blood donors. She spoke to the importance of high school blood donation drives. She stated that 28 states have passed similar legislation, and those states have experienced an increase in the blood supply. She responded to questions from Senator Carroll regarding why the bill is necessary if high school blood drives are already occurring, responding that the bill will lower the age of people who can donate with consent from 17 to 16 years of age. She further responded to questions from Senator Mitchell regarding cases in which HIV and AIDS has been transmitted through the blood supply, and from Senator Lundberg regarding protections in place for blood donations by minors.
11:31 AM -- Mark Hamouz, representing himself, testified regarding his experiences as a blood donor. He stated that parents can help promote blood donation to their children.
|TIME: || 11:34:52 AM|
|MOTION:||Refer House Bill 09-1023 to the Committee of the Whole with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on an 8-0 roll call vote.|
Final YES: 8 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS