SENATE, No. 135

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2010 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  ANTHONY R. BUCCO

District 25 (Morris)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Individual's status as minor shall not disqualify him from bone marrow donation.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

  


An Act concerning bone marrow donation and supplementing Title 26 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    An individual's status as a minor shall not disqualify him from bone marrow donation. 

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill provides that an individual's status as a minor shall not disqualify him from bone marrow donation.  This bill, which is similar to legislation enacted in Washington State, is in response to the policy of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) to exclude individuals under 18 years of age from registering to be volunteer bone marrow donors.

     The NMDP is a nonprofit organization that facilitates unrelated bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants for patients with life-threatening diseases who do not have matching donors in their families.  The NMDP is under contract to the federal Health Resources and Services Administration for operation of the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry.