SALT LAKE CITY -- Sixteen-year-olds in Utah will be able to donate blood with their parents' consent under a new law passed by the state Legislature.
The Deseret News reports Utah is now one of 41 states that sets 16 as the minimum age to donate blood.
Layton Republican Rep. Stephen G. Handy worked with the American Red Cross Blood Services, ARUP Blood Services and MountainStar Blood to lower the age from 17. The state Legislature passed the measure in February and it went into effect last week.
Officials now expect the number of high-school-age donors in the state to increase up to 20 percent.
Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com