- Published: Monday, September 21, 2015 03:54 PM
EDWARDSVILLE - Senator William Haine (D-Alton) was honored today with a Gift of Life Award by Mid-America Transplant Services for his legislation to improve the organ and tissue transplant process in Metro East.
Haine was the sponsor of House Bill 4120, legislation to improve the tissue and organ donation process in Illinois and save lives. The legislation, which passed both houses of the legislature without a single no vote and was signed into law, enables a better process for tissue and organ donors by allowing donations to occur at a state-of-the-art facility in St. Louis.
“This legislation will fix a technical problem in Illinois law that prevents a funeral director from transporting a dead body across state lines for tissue or organ donation,” said Diane Brockmeier, Mid-America’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Senator Haine is receiving this award because he is truly committed to helping those needing transplants and we are happy that Governor Rauner signed this life saving legislation.”