I am honored to have been appointed by House Speaker Lee Chatfield to continue serving as chair of the House Health Policy Committee for the next two years. Last year, we made great progress both in awareness and action on mental health issues through the C.A.R.E.S. Task Force. The committee also worked to improve access to hospital beds, allow canine support for victims testifying in courtrooms, improve training for counselors, and address the opioid crisis. I realize there is still much to be done, and I remain committed to finding solutions for mental health, opioids, and rising costs of health care.
I was also appointed to serve as a member of the Insurance, Education, and Tax Policy Committees. These are all critical issues for our county and state, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to find ways forward.
On Monday, I attended an event at Livingston Christian Schools to honor our county’s law enforcement. Representatives from each police agency in the county were present, providing a great opportunity to recognize the many sacrifices they make to protect our communities. Thank you to Frank Dame and Livingston Christian Schools for arranging and hosting the event, and of course, thank you to all law enforcement for your service to our county and state.
On the previous Friday, I was honored to be joined by state Sen. Lana Theis and former state Rep. Cindy Denby as we presented tributes to the 47th District’s police departments in recognition of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Jan. 9. A special thank you to the men and women serving with the Unadilla, Fowlerville, Howell, and Livingston County departments. We appreciate your commitment and hard work!
Thank you to all who attended last week’s office hours. I hope you’ll be able to join me again next month on Friday, February 15 at the following times and locations:
- 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fowlerville Farms, 941 S. Grand Ave. in Fowlerville;
- 4 to 5 p.m. at Biggby Coffee, 11325 W. Highland Road in Hartland; and
- 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at All Star Coney Island, 934 Michigan Ave. in Howell.
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 HankVaupel@house.mi.gov. We are happy to hear from you!
PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel and state Sen. Lana Theis present a state tribute to Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy (center right) and Undersheriff Jeff Warder.