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Maryland legislature approves Busch bill giving tax break to living transplant donors

The General Assembly gave final approval to legislation Monday night that would give a tax break to individuals who donate all or part of an organ to another person.

The bill, which passed the Senate without dissent after earlier receiving a unanimous vote in the House, was sponsored by Speaker Michael E. Busch. Gov. Larry Hogan has said he would sign the bill.

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Busch, 71, underwent a liver transplant that is credited with saving his life last year after he was diagnosed with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. The speaker’s sister, Laurie Bernhardt, donated part of her liver for the operation.

The legislation will let donors subtract up to $7,500 in income on their state tax returns to offset the expenses of making the donation. It applies to donors of all or part of a liver, kidney, intestine, pancreas, lung or bone marrow.

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