Bill allowing for kidney donation passes House

Posted: Friday, February 01, 2008

JUNEAU - Members of the Alaska House unanimously signed on as sponsors and then approved a bill that would help one of their own receive a kidney from a legislative staffer.

The bill lifts the $250 limit on compassionate gifts, a provision that was added to state law as part of a broad-ranging ethics bill last year.

It made it illegal for legislative staffer Sue Stancliff to donate a kidney to Rep. Richard Foster, D-Nome.

Though it does not apply to the kidney, which has no monetary value under federal law, the provision does apply to such expenses as travel and medical costs.

House Bill 317 would still require lawmakers report and request approval for compassionate gifts.

It passed 35-0 Thursday and now heads to the Senate.

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