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Governor signs Rep. Vaupel’s bill allowing safer, more humane animal euthanasia

Legislator’s tax clarification bill also signed into law

Rep. Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville announced today that two of his legislative proposals were recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The first allows additional types of tranquilizers to be used for safer and more humane euthanasia at animal control and shelter facilities. The drugs could be used early in the euthanasia process as better options to calm and immobilize badly injured or sick animals.

“This is an important change in the best interests of both the animals and the people handling them,” said Vaupel, a long-time veterinarian. “Animals sometimes can become dangerously aggressive and hard to control when they are badly hurt and frightened. We now will have more powerful drugs available to help in these cases.”

Training will be required for those using the tranquilizers.

Vaupel worked with the Michigan Humane Society, the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, the Department of Agriculture and other groups while putting together his legislation. House Bill 4813 is now Public Act 34 of 2018.

Vaupel’s bills clarifying taxation of health maintenance organizations (HMOs) also were signed into law by the governor this week, ensuring current practices are maintained. The bills clarify that HMOs are not subject to a tax on gross premiums while they are subject to the Corporate Income Tax.

House Bills 4950 and 5047 are now Public Acts 31 and 32.

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