Councilmember Neal Commends Senator Boxer For HIV Patient Legislation

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Assembly District 64 candidate and Long Beach City Councilmember Steve Neal

Assembly District 64 candidate and Long Beach City Councilmember Steve Neal Friday commended U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California for sponsoring and successfully passing legislation this week to help patients with HIV in need of transplants.

Currently, the law forbids any organ from being transplanted if it comes from an HIV positive donor. The HIV Organ Policy Equity Act will allow patients who are already HIV positive to receive organs that are otherwise healthy from HIV positive donors. This has the potential to save hundreds or even thousands of lives per year.

“Every politician hopes to pass legislation that makes this kind of positive impact on so many lives,” said Neal. “Thanks to Senator Boxer, HIV positive patients will have new, life-saving options when they are in need of a transplant. Furthermore, the bill will help shorten the transplant waiting lists for patients without HIV. Senator Boxer has made California proud.”

The hugely popular, bipartisan bill was passed by voice vote in the Senate in June and was passed by voice vote in the House on Tuesday. The bill now goes to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

Steve Neal has been a community activist and leader in the Los Angeles area for decades. Since his election in 2010, Steve, a Compton native, has served North Long Beach on the Long Beach City Council where he has an accomplished record supporting neighborhoods, small businesses, and working families. Councilmember Neal is the author and creator of the Long Beach Foreclosure Registry Program, the Long Beach Liquor Store Modernization Program, and the North Long Beach Business Alliance. Neal is the Assistant Pastor of S.E.A.M. Faith Family Church and a longtime volunteer with the United Way. He and his wife, Katonja, live in Long Beach and are the parents of five daughters, one son, and have ten grandchildren.

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