State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column Nov. 4

I attended the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Adam Griffith and presented a legislative tribute recognizing his achievement.  Adam’s Eagle Scout Project was to lead others in building nine shelves and two benches for the inside of the Highlander Reading Express book bus.  This mobile library was put into service this past June by…

State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Oct. 21, 2018

Kudos to the Livingston County EDC.   I have had the honor of serving on this board for a number of years and as a state representative still am a member.  I have enjoyed seeing the work of the individuals on the board; with their goal being to keep Livingston County a great place to live,…

Rep. Vaupel: Plan protects adolescents from harmful UV radiation

State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, recently introduced a measure protecting minors from the dangers of artificial tanning. Under Vaupel’s proposal, owners of tanning facilities would not be allowed to offer their services to people younger than 18, regardless of a legal guardian’s consent. “No matter how you get a tan – whether it be…

State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Oct. 7, 2018

I want to thank Sam Champagne, House policy committee advisor of the House Health Policy Committee, for his service in assisting with legislation. Sam Champagne was presented a tribute for his work and dedication to the Michigan House.  He is leaving for a position in the private sector, and we wish him well on his…

State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Sept. 30, 2018

This week, I supported a package of bills with my Michigan House colleagues to protect the Great Lakes by strengthening safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac. We must protect our waters from the threat of spills, and the Straits of Mackinac Safety, Protection and Accountability action plan will help do that. The legislation clearly…

Rep. Vaupel proposal protects health care workers from assaults

State Rep. Hank Vaupel on Tuesday testified in favor of his plan adding health care professionals and medical volunteers to the protective class for criminal assault. Vaupel, of Handy Township, explained adamantly that House Bills 6203 and 6204 will make it safer for doctors, nurses and medical staff to do their jobs by providing a…

State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Sept. 23, 2018

On Wednesday I voted in favor of a package of bills to protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline standards. The Straits of Mackinac Safety, Protection and Accountability action plan provides clear guidelines for safety measures and enforcement. Establishing stronger standards and holding pipeline operators and vessels accountable for their actions will ensure the safety…

Column: We must create a strategy for better addiction and mental health care

I have introduced a bill to request the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to prepare a six-year comprehensive plan identifying the needs and resource requirements to provide services and support to individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities or substance use disorders. We spend billions of taxpayer dollars each year and I believe…