Michigan House passes MEA-backed EpiPen legislation

The state House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed MEA-backed legislation requiring all Michigan schools to carry epinephrine auto-injectors and train designated staff on how to use the devices, which are designed to treat severe allergic reactions among students.

House Bill 4353, which passed by a 96-10 margin, would require schools to carry two of the devices, commonly known as EpiPens, which deliver pre-measured dosages of epinephrine to combat anaphylactic shock. The legislation would also require at least one or two employees in each school building trained in administering the injections, depending on the size of the school.

The legislation also waives criminal and civil liability for school employees who administer the injections, except in cases of gross negligence or willful misconduct. 

About 8 percent of children suffer from food allergies, according to experts. When these children experience a severe allergic reaction, every second counts. Having an EpiPen on hand can mean the difference between life and death, experts have testified.

The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.