Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: May 29, 2018

Categories: Vaupel News

This week I introduced a bill bringing awareness to potential issues with fetal alcohol syndrome for expectant mothers. Because the U.S. Surgeon General warns there is no safe amount of alcohol to consume during pregnancy, this legislation requires that an establishment that sells or serves alcoholic beverages must post a sign with the following message: “Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix.  Drinking alcoholic beverages, including wine, coolers, and beer, during pregnancy can cause birth defects.”

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are estimated to occur at a rate of 1 out of every 100 live births. These disorders are entirely preventable if we increase knowledge about the effects of fetal alcohol exposure. Children are the most important resource in our state, and FASD pose a serious threat to the potential health of our future generations. It’s up to us to do increase awareness for alcohol’s harmful effect on pregnancy.

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On Monday, I was present at Voyager Elementary as the school received a $500 grant from Delta Dental for its library. The scholarship was awarded as part of a March is Reading Month program in recognition of the great reading programs in Howell Public Schools. Congratulations to Voyager, and thanks to Delta Dental for investing in our schools.

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I was honored to attend the public officials appreciation service at Victory Baptist Church in Hartland. It was an encouraging and heartfelt ceremony with a very welcoming atmosphere. Thank you to Pastor Ryan Guenther and the entire congregation for your prayers and support.

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I had the opportunity to stop by the 10th annual Caregiver Fair organized by the Livingston County Consortium on Aging. The Caregiver Fair is a very beneficial event providing seniors and caregivers the information and help they need. Great job by all involved.

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Last Saturday, Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter 5 held its annual Ride to Remember from Hartland Township to the Livingston County Courthouse in Howell for a ceremony honoring fallen servicemen and women and those missing in action. Local officials gave speeches recognizing the sacrifices of those in uniform, and a gold star mother shared her powerful story. May we never forget what was given for our freedoms.

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As we approach Memorial Day this Monday, it is especially important to remember the men and women who have served in all branches and have made the ultimate sacrifice. I hope you have a blessed and safe holiday weekend, but let us keep in the forefront of our minds the real meaning of the day.

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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: From left, Pastor Ryan Guenther welcomes state Rep. Hank Vaupel, Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy and state Sen. Joe Hune to Victory Baptist Church.

PHOTO INFORMATION: From left, state Rep. Hank Vaupel attends the Ride to Remember Ceremony along with his wife Cathy, his dog Reilly, Michigan House staffer Caleb Jenkins, and Brighton Twp. Clerk Ann Bollin.