85R27210 KSM-D
 
  By: Wu, Sheffield, Zerwas, Oliverson, H.C.R. No. 57
      Bonnen of Galveston
 
 
 
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
 
         WHEREAS, Citizens across the Lone Star State recognize the
  vital importance of organ, bone marrow, and blood donation; and
         WHEREAS, Although 95 percent of adults support organ
  donation, less than half of Americans are signed up to be donors;
  additionally, only 2 percent of the population is on the national
  registry for bone marrow, and while an estimated 38 percent of U.S.
  residents are eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent of that
  group actually donates each year; and
         WHEREAS, In Texas, organ donors can register online through
  the Donate Life Texas organization or with the Texas Department of
  Public Safety driver's license application or renewal, and there
  are numerous centers for bone marrow and blood donation across the
  state; furthermore, under Sections 661.916-661.917, Government
  Code, state employees serving as organ, bone marrow, or blood
  donors are entitled to a leave of absence or sufficient time off
  without a deduction in pay; and
         WHEREAS, Countless men, women, and children benefit each year
  from the charity and sacrifice of those who donate blood, bone
  marrow, and organs, and it is incumbent on all Texans to learn about
  ways to contribute to these lifesaving procedures; now, therefore,
  be it
         RESOLVED, That the 85th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby encourage Texans to donate bone marrow and blood and to
  register as organ donors; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That all counties and cities be encouraged to adopt
  the same policy as the state with regard to time off for public
  employees not to exceed 5 working days in a fiscal year to serve as a
  bone marrow donor or 30 working days in a fiscal year to serve as an
  organ donor, and not to exceed four times in a fiscal year to donate
  blood.