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New law goes into effect aimed at getting more people to join the organ donor registry

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A new law just went into effect giving Kentuckians another opportunity to join the organ donor registry. Senate Bill 30 allowed the Transportation Cabinet to add the option to join the registry when renewing car tags online.

Shelley Snyder is Executive Director of Donate Life Kentucky. She said bringing up organ donation when people renew their tags made sense.

“We thought it really lent well to, people were already in that mindset, they may have assumed they were going to be asked about joining the registry already. So, it really fit and we were so grateful to have the support of the county clerks,” said Snyder.

The Commonwealth has been transitioning to an eight-year driver’s licensing cycle. Snyder said most people sign up to donate when getting a new license.

“By not seeing people for eight years, we are going to lose a massive number of people that may really want to join the registry, but they wait until its driver’s license time. And although we tell people, ‘please don’t wait, register today’ we know that people get busy, and they just wait,” said Snyder.

People will be prompted to join the registry and donate money after they renew their tags online. There will also be an option to contribute to the Child Care Assistance Program and the Veterans Program Trust Fund.

Snyder said people can join the organ donation registry any time online at donatelifeky.org.

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Samantha is WEKU's All Things Considered Host and also reports on news of interest in the commonwealth. Sam is a graduate of Morehead State University and worked for MSU's Public Radio Station WMKY.
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