With a seriously ill patient waiting for a new liver, the Legislature took the extraordinary action Friday of having both houses — within an hour — approve a bill that would allow HIV-positive people to donate organs to others who are HIV-positive.
Gov. Jerry Brown later Friday signed the bill, which becomes effective immediately. "This is a life-saving matter that aligns California with federal law," said Deborah Hoffman, a spokeswoman for Brown. ,
The Assembly and Senate acted on the measure after San Francisco surgeon Peter G. Stock told lawmakers he has two HIV-positive patients needing liver transplants, including one who has identified a donor. However, state law makes it illegal for HIV-positive people to donate organs.