News From Rep. Yanez

Thursday, May 25, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) introduced a House Resolution today declaring May 2017 as Neurofibromatosis (NF) Awareness Month in Michigan. The disease causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and can also affect the development of the brain, cardiovascular system, bones and skin.

“NF isn’t a disease that is well-known to the general public, but more than 125,000 Americans are living with it, and it affects one in 3,000 births,”...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) introduced a bill package today that would regulate electronic smoking devices — also known as e-cigarettes —  as tobacco, ban their sale to minors, raise money for state programs including Healthy Michigan and the School Aid Fund, and codify into Michigan law the federal Food and Drug Administration rules that took effect late last year.

“It is unconscionable that for the last few years, Michigan has been...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) introduced House Bill 4528 today to expand the Health Professional Recovery Program to emergency medical professionals. The program is a non-disciplinary, treatment-oriented program for health professionals dealing with mental illness or substance abuse.

“Emergency medical responders, technicians, specialists and coordinators work in extremely stressful conditions, and it isn’t surprising that some experience mental health or substance abuse issues because of what they have seen and experienced on...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) fought today to save funding for the Michigan Dementia Care and Support Pilot Project in the state Department of Health and Human Services budget. The project supports families through care consultations and planning, and aims to help people with dementia remain in their homes longer. It will run in Macomb, Monroe and St. Joseph counties. Yanez secured a placeholder in the budget to continue the conversation on...

Thursday, March 30, 2017

LANSING — House Democrats voted to support and amend the supplemental budget bill, House Bill 4329, rejecting the Senate’s $5 million loan and instead again approving a $3 million grant for Macomb County to deal with repairs because of the December 2016 sinkhole.

Yesterday, the state Senate changed the original $3 million grant approved by the House to a $5 million loan in spite of objections by Republican and Democratic Macomb legislators. The bill passed...

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