SPRINGFIELD — Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Bill Haine (D- Alton) was signed by the governor Tuesday.
The measure aims to improve the organ and tissue transplant process throughout the Metro East.
House Bill 4120, a bipartisan measure that passed both houses of the legislature without a single no vote, will enable a better process for tissue and organ donors by allowing donations to occur at a state-of-the-art facility in St. Louis.
“I am thrilled to see this legislation gain such great support and to see it signed into law,” Haine said. “Every minute counts when it comes to tissue and organ donations. This legislation allows for a better process so those who need organ and tissue donations are able to receive them quickly, thereby increasing the likelihood of successful recovery and saving lives.”
The legislation allows Illinois funeral directors or transporters to move bodies across state lines to state-of-the-art facilities in St. Louis. It also eliminates unnecessary regulations and paperwork to expedite the process.