Rep. Hank Vaupel actualities on House passage of pari-mutuel wagering reform

Rep. Vaupel talks about House passage Wednesday of his HB 4310, which allows people to use updated technologies for wagering on horse racing, further helping the state’s agricultural industry. The horse racing industry supports more than 12,000 jobs and contributes nearly $1 billion to Michigan’s economy each year. In addition, horse racing provides financial support…

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…