Posted on February 26, 2015 in: MPA Press Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 26, 2015
Contact: Leah Ball, director of communications
Sen. Jim Ananich and Rep. Andrea LaFontaine will be honored with the Michigan Pharmacy Political Action Council (PAC) Good Public Health Policy Award at the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Annual Convention & Exposition, Feb. 27-March 1 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.
The Good Public Health Policy Award is presented by Pharmacy PAC to an individual or individuals who have worked diligently for the advancement of public health policy for the citizens of Michigan.
Sen. Ananich was elected Senate Democratic Leader by his peers following his reelection to the Michigan Senate in 2014. He is serving his first full term in the state Senate after he won a special election in 2013 to fill the vacant 27th District seat. Before coming to the Senate, Sen. Ananich served Genesee County for two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. He also previously spent four years on the Flint City Council, including one year as its president.
Sen. Ananich works closely with pharmacy professionals in his district, including the Genesee County Pharmacists Association (GCPA). He has attended GCPA’s legislative coffee hour events in the community to make himself available to constituents and hear the concerns of pharmacy professionals related to their practice. In addition, Sen. Ananich supported MPA while sitting on the Senate Health Policy Committee.
Rep. LaFontaine was first elected in November 2010 to the Michigan House and represents residents in portions of Macomb and St. Clair Counties. She has served as a legislative assistant and worked for nearly a decade at a local business in downtown Richmond. Rep. LaFontaine chairs the House Committee on Natural Resources and is a member of the Committees on Insurance, Energy Policy, Government Operations and Financial Liability Reform.
In 2014, she introduced legislation that makes proper waste disposal easier for items like expired medicine and other hazardous household materials. Public Act 24 of 2014 legalizes community waste collections, which are an important tool in keeping hazardous materials out of landfills. Before this legislation, community waste collections were considered illegal because the grounds on which they were held were not recognized as official transfer facilities. The new law exempts waste collection events from the definition of disposal areas so they are not subject to the same disposal guidelines as landfills. The law also requires personnel at the events to be knowledgeable in safety measures, maximum storage timelines and recordkeeping.
The Michigan Pharmacy Political Action Council (PAC) is a voluntary, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of pharmacy professionals that actively seek to promote good government and public health. Pharmacy PAC serves as the advocacy arm of Michigan Pharmacists Association, which advances the profession of pharmacy and patient care on behalf of the 9,000 pharmacists and 15,000 pharmacy technicians in the state.