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Godshall Organ Donor Tax Credit Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk

        With more than 8,000 Pennsylvanians currently awaiting a life-saving organ or bone marrow transplant, legislation sponsored by Rep. Robert Godshall (R-Montgomery) to make it easier to donate an organ or tissue to someone in need is finally on its way to becoming law.

        House Bill 46 will reauthorize and make permanent a program initiated by Godshall in 2006 to provide tax credits to employers who offer paid leave to workers who choose to become living donors. The ability to get paid time off work for this procedure is an enormous hurdle for living donors.

        "I understand the value of this legislation," said Godshall.  "After being diagnosed with incurable cancer and given a year to live, I received a bone marrow transplant in 2005.  I was lucky.  The threat of job loss or lost income has deterred many would-be donors.  My legislation encourages organ donation by offering tax credits to employers who give workers paid time off to save a life."

        Godshall sponsored the Organ and Bone Marrow Donor Act of 2006, which authorized the employer tax credit through 2010. His legislation has been credited with increasing organ and bone marrow donations and serves as a national model for living donor programs.  House Bill 46 would reinstitute the tax credit permanently and remove obstacles that may deter living donors.

        The tax credits offered under Godshall's bill would be equal to the amount paid out in wages while an employee donor undergoes the transplant procedure and recovery - up to five days.

        Monday, the House unanimously concurred in Senate amendments to the bill, which is now headed to the governor's desk.






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