Amend the bill by inserting after the title and before the enacting clause the following:
‘Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, there is a shortage of organs and tissue available to individuals with life-threatening conditions; and
Whereas, increasing the rates of organ and tissue donation is a critical function of the Organ Donation Advisory Council; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,’
Amend the bill by striking out all of section 1 and inserting the following:
‘Sec. 1. 5 MRSA §12004-I, sub-§36-E is enacted to read:
Amend the bill in section 4 in §1402-B by striking out all of subsection 1 (page 1, lines 12 to 28 in L.D.) and inserting the following:
Amend the bill by adding before the summary the following:
‘Sec. 5. Staggered terms. Notwithstanding the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, section 1402-B, subsection 1, of the initial appointments to the Organ Donation Advisory Council pursuant to Title 29-A, section 1402-B, subsection 1, the appointments made pursuant to paragraphs E and G and 2 of the appointments made pursuant to paragraph F are for 2 years.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.’
The amendment moves the Organ Donation Advisory Council in Title 5 from general government boards to the section on boards and commissions that are advisory with minimal authority. It clarifies the appointing authority of the members of the council and removes the requirement for some members to be confirmed by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services and the Senate. It appoints 4 members of the council to a 2-year initial term to allow for staggered terms of membership. It adds an emergency preamble and clause to the bill.
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