The New York State Senate passed Lauren’s Law today. The legislation would mandate driver’s license applicants to answer “yes” or “not at this time” to a query about signing up for the New York State Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. The state Assembly gets the legislation next.
Today is also Lauren’s 11th birthday. The Stony Point girl had a heart transplant when she was 9. She’s been a powerful and effective advocate for increasing registry participation in New York. Our state ranks last in number of eligible adults signed up to be donors — a woeful 16 percent.
So, as the kids say, “Go Lauren, Go Lauren! It’s your birthday! It’s your birthday!”
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: Lauren Shields, 11 today, high-fives state Sen. David Carlucci, D-New City, after Lauren’s Law passes the state Senate. Also celebrating the bill’s passage, and Lauren’s birthday, are state Sen. Joseph Robach, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.