(Host) The Vermont House has given its strong approval to legislation that supporters hope will increase the blood supply in the state.
The bill makes it easier for young people to donate blood by dropping the age of consent from 17 to 16.
West Rutland Representative Tom Burditt says 38 other states have a consent age of 16 and he says those states have discovered that young people are often very enthusiastic donors:
"The experience the American Red Cross has had with these young adults has been very positive. In 2008, 15.2 percent of donations were from 16 to 18 year olds. In 2009, 15.3 The positive experiences are not exclusive to the Red Cross. Simply put, the purpose of this bill to lower the age of consent from 17 to 16 will save lives."
(Host) The measure now goes to the Senate for its consideration.