Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on state response to teen vaping

House Health Policy Committee Chair Rep. Hank Vaupel says the state response to teen vaping, including a new law barring the sale of e-cigarettes to individuals under 21 and the ban announced Wednesday on the sale of flavored vape products, reflects the gravity of what is becoming a serious, statewide health problem.  

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 committee work on opioid antagonist legislation

Rep. Vaupel, the Chair of the House Health Policy Committee, talks about consideration by the committee at its meeting Thursday of legislation that expands the list of individuals who can administer opioid antagonists to include Corrections Officers, while providing enhanced training to first responders to differentiate between opioid overdoses and cardiac arrests.      

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 House passage of fetal alcohol legislation

Rep. Vaupel talks about Wednesday’s House passage of HB 6086, which requires, bars, restaurants and liquor stores to add the following language to signage already mandated by law: “Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix. Drinking alcoholic beverages of any type during pregnancy can cause birth defects”.  Rep. Vaupel, the Chair of the House Health Policy…

Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on House passage of pet shop reform legislation

Rep. Vaupel, a long-time veterinarian, talks about House passage Thursday of his HBs 5916-17, which prevent Michigan pet stores from acquiring dogs from unlicensed breeders or puppy mills while requiring a paper trail on the animal prior to being sold to the pet store.  The plan also includes provisions requiring micro chipping animals while prohibiting local…

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…