Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: December 10, 2018

Categories: Vaupel News

This week, I welcomed our final two summer reading contest winners to Lansing. Ellie Rider, a homeschool student from Howell, and James Potter of Hutchings Elementary School in Howell were sworn in as honorary Representatives for a Day on Thursday. Thank you to all the students who participated in this year’s contest. I was impressed by the excitement for reading demonstrated by young people across our district.  It was a joy to host the contest, and I look forward to doing it again next year!


The House Health Policy Committee was very active this week as we work to finish important legislation before the end of the term. The following are just some of the bills recently reported out of committee:

  • Senate Bill 1198: Permanently expands the ban on the practice of prescribing abortion pills through video appointments, also referred to as telemedicine;
  • House Bill 6431: Updates Medigap plans to comply with federal requirements for the purpose of strengthening Medicare access by improving physician payments;
  • HB 5776: Clarifies the scope of practice for mental health counselors; and
  • HB 4134: Updates physician recertification practices to ensure more time spent with patients and potentially result in reduced healthcare costs.

If you have questions or thoughts on any bills being considered by the Legislature, then please feel free to reach out to my office. We would be happy to talk with you.


Fowlerville’s Christmas in the Ville was another resounding success this year with a terrific display of community spirit. Thank you to all the volunteers and community members who helped or attended despite the weather to ensure a fun and beautiful event. Although I was unfortunately unable to attend the parade due to a prior commitment as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army in Howell, I was happy to see the great outpouring of support for this annual tradition.

On that note, I would also like to thank those who volunteer for the Salvation Army as bell ringers. The Salvation Army is an important organization providing assistance and support to many residents throughout Livingston County, and they cannot supply these critical services without the help of volunteers. This is a busy time for all of us, but these selfless volunteers have sacrificed a little time to help those in need. There will be more opportunities as the season continues, and I encourage you to volunteer if you are able!


If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to We are happy to hear from you!


PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel welcomes honorary Representatives for a Day Ellie Rider (center left) and James Potter (center right) to the House floor. The students were joined by their families.