COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - State lawmakers this week approved legislation to lower the age for donating blood.
The new law will allow 16-year-olds to donate with their parent's consent.
The bill was approved Wednesday by an 88-3 vote in the House and a unanimous vote in the Senate. It now goes to Gov. Jennifer Granholm who is expected to sign by April.
"It's a big deal, been working on this for a long time," said State Senator Wayne Kuipers.
Kuipers spearheaded the effort back in 2007 by introducing "Jenna's Law," a bill named after his daughter who was denied donating because she was too young.
Eventually, after a bi-partisan effort, the language was pushed through.
"As long as your healthy and you want to give, I don't see why you can't at sixteen," said Jenna Kuipers. "I was kind of upset that I wasn't able to give."
Michigan is the 40th state to lower the age to 16 and it's expected to make a big splash.