Lauren’s Law Gets Four More Years

The state assembly unanimously passed the extension of “Lauren’s Law” for another four years. The law named for the teenager Lauren Shields of Stony Point, requires drivers license applicants to answer if they would like to be added to the state’s organ-donor registry. Lauren Shields received a heart transplant in 2009. The Senate unanimously passed the extension in February. The Senate also unanimously passed a bill in April to make the law permanent. The Assembly only approved the four-year extension. New York State Senator, David Carlucci said, “I prefer permanent, however this was something we thought we could pass right now,” he added “The last thing we want is for Lauren’s Law to expire this year. We’ve made so much progress and have seen the numbers increase in terms of people who have enrolled with the Department of Motor Vehicles. We want to see that trend continue.” A spokesman for Governor Cuomo, Rich Azzopardi, said the Governor will sign it into law. Lauren’s Law will stay in effect until October 2020.

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