Governor Cuomo signed A.8594/S.6228 which has extended Lauren’s law through year 2020


Governor Cuomo signed A.8594/S.6228 which has extended Lauren’s law through year 2020.

We did not accomplish the goal of a permanent extension of the law. We did in fact have it extended for four years.

Original bill: Permanent extension of Lauren’s Law:


A08661 Text:

Permanent extension of Lauren’s Law:

We are removing:

and provided, further, that the
7 provisions of this act shall expire and be deemed repealed three years
8 after such effective date].




January 7, 2016

Introduced by M. of A. ORTIZ — read once and referred to the Committee
on Health

AN ACT to amend Lauren’s law, in relation to making the provisions of
such law permanent

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
bly, do enact as follows:

1 Section 1. Section 6 of chapter 465 of the laws of 2012, constituting
2 Lauren’s law, is amended to read as follows:
3 § 6. This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become a
4 law; provided that the commissioners of health and motor vehicles may
5 implement sections two, four and five of this act within their respec-
6 tive jurisdictions before that date[; ….
9 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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The state Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed an extension of “Lauren’s Law,” which requires drivers license applicants to answer whether they would like to be added to the state’s organ-donor registry.

The Senate unanimously passed the extension bill in February. Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for Cuomo, said the governor will sign it into law, which will keep Lauren’s Law in effect through early October 2020.

The law, which had been set to expire Oct. 3, is named after Lauren Shields, of Stony Point, who was 12 years old when it first passed in 2012. Shields received a heart transplant in 2009.

“We need to make sure New York state comes to be the No. 1 state in the near future on organ donation,” said Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, who sponsored the bill in his chamber.

Shields has made several trips to the state Capitol over the past four years to push for the bill, accompanied by Senate sponsor David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County.

The law requires those filling out a driver license application or renewal to answer “yes” or “skip this question” when asked whether they want to be added to the state’s “Donate Life” registry.

Prior to Lauren’s Law, applicants could skip over the question without filling in an answer.

Cuomo signed the original law in 2012.

The Senate also unanimously passed a bill in April that would make the law permanent. The Assembly, however, took up the four-year extension.

Carlucci said Wednesday he would have preferred making the law permanent. But it was more important to make sure the law didn’t expire in October, he said.

“I prefer permanent, however this was something we thought we could pass right now,” Carlucci said. “The last thing we want is for Lauren’s Law to expire this year. We’ve made so much progress and have seen the numbers increase in terms of people who have enrolled with the Department of Motor Vehicles. We want to see that trend continue.”