Jonesboro Lawmaker's Bill Would Give Tax Breaks to Organ Donors

FEBRUARY 8, 2005 - Posted at 4:24 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansans would receive tax breaks for organ donations under legislation endorsed by a House committee this morning.

The legislation by Jonesboro Democrat Chris Thyer would allow taxpayers who donate all or part of their liver, pancreas, kidney, intestines, lung or bone marrow to take a $10,000 deduction from their state taxes in the year they make the organ donation.  The House Revenue and Tax Committee unanimously passed the legislation, which next goes to the House floor.

Thyer has dedicated the bill to Representatives Eric Harris of Lowell and Joyce Elliott of Little Rock.  Harris recently donated part of a kidney to his son and Elliott donated a kidney to her sister.

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