Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on raising awareness of behavioral health

House Health Policy Committee Chair Rep. Hank Vaupel points to two bills reported from his committee this year, HB 4042, which allows Michigan nurses to obtain a multi-state license, and HB 4156, which amends the State Employees’ Retirement Act to allow retired mental health professionals who retired prior to October 1, 2015 to provide services…

Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on health care worker assault legislation

House Health Policy Committee Chair Hank Vaupel talks about his House Bills 4327-28, which add health care professionals and medical volunteers to a protected group of workers that already includes police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel. Assaulting one of these protected professionals could result in a felony with enhanced penalties.  The legislation has just been…

Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on behavioral health legislation

House Health Policy Committee Chair Hank Vaupel talks about legislation he has authored that would allow state behavioral health workers who retired before 2015 to come back to work without losing their pensions.  Rep. Vaupel says that the state is seeing a significant shortage of behavioral health workers, and that the plan is part of…

Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on committee vote on fetal alcohol warning

Rep. Vaupel talks about passage Tuesday by the House Regulatory Reform Committee of his HB 4112, which would add the phrase “Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix. Drinking alcoholic beverages of any type during pregnancy can cause birth defects” to existing signage on the minimum age for purchasing alcohol in restaurants, bars and retail facilities,…

Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on tanning bed legislation

Rep. Vaupel, the Chairman of the House Health Policy Committee, talks about his new HB 6450, which would prohibit minors from using a tanning device in a tanning facility.  Current Michigan law requires a signature from a parent or guardian for a minor to use a device at a tanning business, but Rep. Vaupel says…