Colorado bill would give living donors paid time off

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DENVER (CBS4) – In Colorado, 2,433 people are waiting for an organ transplant. Of those, 1,792 need a kidney, an organ that can be donated by a living person.

Now, state lawmakers are considering a bill to make living donations a little easier. It’s called the Colorado Living Donor Support Act. It would provide paid time off to kidney and liver living donors.

The hope is without the financial hardship, more people would be willing to donate. That’s why Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill to give living donors 10 days paid time off.

Employers would be entitled to a tax credit of 35 percent of the employee’s regular salary for up to 10 business days. Only those who make less than $80,000 a year would be eligible.

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