MFP Item 1
Management and Fiscal Policy Committee
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative
Bill 49-10, Personnel and Human Resources - Organ Donor Leave
Bill_ 49-10, Personnel and Human Resources - Organ Donor Leave, sponsored by
Councilmember Knapp and Vice President Ervin, was introduced on September 28, 2010. A
public hearing was held on October 26.
The Bill would grant County employees additional paid leave to serve as an organ donor.
An employee would be entitled to receive up to 7 days to serve as a bone marrow donor and up
to 30 days to serve as an organ donor. Donating bone marrow or an organ is a personal sacrifice
that can save a life. There is a shortage of bone marrow and organ donors. This Bill would
make it easier for a County employee to serve as an organ donor.
In 2000, the General Assembly enacted a similar law providing organ donor leave for
State government employees, now codified at Md. Code State Personnel and Pensions Art. §9
1106. See ©4. The Organ Donor Leave Act, enacted in 1999, provides additional leave for a
Federal government employee who serves as an organ donor. President Clinton's statement on
signing the law is at ©5.
There were no speakers at the October 26 public hearing.
What is the fiscal and economic impact of the Bill?
The OMB concluded that the Bill would not have a significant economic impact on the
County. See ©6. OMB was unable to project a fiscal impact due to the inability to estimate the
number of hours of this new type ofleave that County employees would use. OMB did estimate
that the cost of 1000 hours of organ donor leave would be $35,970. See ©6.
2. Can the Council enact a law providing a benefit to represented employees outside of