Missouri House votes to extend donations to organ donor fund
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri’s income tax checkoff for donations to the state organ donor fund could be extended under a proposal given initial approval in the House.
The bill passed overwhelmingly with a voice vote Tuesday after an emotional speech from Rep. Steve Cookson about a recent diagnosis of liver failure.
Cookson told the House that he is hoping to get a transplant after the legislative session’s end in May.
The bill extends checkoffs on state income tax returns that started in 2011. It allows people to donate at least $2 on an individual return or at least $4 on a combined return to the Missouri Organ Donor Trust Fund.
The donor fund maintains the organ and tissue donor registry and educates people about the benefits of organ donation.