Senate District 33

Full Questionnaire text can be found here.  All answers are verbatim with the exception that explanations that started with a lower case letter were capitalized.

Question 1: Do you support legislation that would create a strong fully funded, comprehensive tobacco retail licensing system in Michigan that includes strong enforcement and penalties on violators? 

Mark Bignell: Yes. 


Rick Outman: Did Not Respond

Question 2- Do you support simplifying the taxation rate to a uniform rate of 32% that covers all tobacco products?

Mark Bignell: Yes. 

Rick Outman: Did Not Respond

Question 3- Do you support legislation that would reduce or eliminate ineffective Purchase, Use and Possession laws?

Mark Bignell: Yes. 

Rick Outman: Did Not Respond

Question 4- Do you support increasing Michigan's annual expenditures for cessation and prevention services to a minimum of $10 million annually to support the two-thirds (68%) of people who currently smoke and would like to quit?

Mark Bignell: Yes. 

Rick Outman: Did Not Respond

Question 5- Do you support recognizing Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists as a profession for Medicaid billing?

Mark Bignell: Yes. 

Rick Outman: Did Not Respond

Question 6- Do you support giving pharmacists the authority to prescribe all seven tobacco cessation medications?

 

Mark Bignell: Yes. Pharmacists are not doctors and cannot know a patient's health history. I may be initially for this, but it's to the extent of how safe those cessation medications are for their intended use. Are there potential side effects? Are any of those dangerous? I would like more information before being fully on board.

Rick Outman: Did Not Respond