Rep. Vaupel supports bill to prohibit local taxes on food

Legislator says impact would hurt families, farmers   State Rep. Hank Vaupel today voted for legislation to ban local governments from imposing taxes on the manufacture, distribution and sale of food and beverages. Vaupel, of Handy Township, said he wholeheartedly supports the Michigan Food Access and Affordability Act. The bill, which was approved by the…

Rep. Vaupel supports bipartisan plan to lower auto insurance rates in Michigan

State Rep. Hank Vaupel today joined a bipartisan coalition announcing plans to fix Michigan’s broken auto insurance system and significantly lower rates for drivers. Michigan now has the highest auto insurance rates in the nation. Vaupel supports legislation that will lower the cost of auto insurance by offering motorists more coverage options, reining in medical…

Local officials join Rep. Vaupel, governor for bill-signing ceremony

Legislation removes political vignettes from ballot State Rep. Hank Vaupel, Livingston County Clerk Elizabeth Hundley and retired Livingston County Elections Coordinator Joan Runyon joined Gov. Rick Snyder for a bill-signing ceremony Tuesday in Lansing. The local officials played a key role in helping Vaupel develop legislation to remove outdated political party icons from ballots in…

Rep. Vaupel and local chambers to host sales tax seminar for small businesses

State Rep. Hank Vaupel of Handy Township will be joined by the Brighton, Hartland and Howell Area Chambers of Commerce as they host a sales tax seminar for small businesses on Tuesday, Sept. 26. “I consistently hear from Livingston County small business owners about how burdensome the sales tax filing process can be,” Rep. Vaupel…

Rep. Vaupel to host in-district office hours on Sept. 15

State Rep. Hank Vaupel of Handy Township will host office hours in Fowlerville, Hartland and Howell on Friday, Sept. 15. Rep. Vaupel will meet with residents at the following locations: Fowlerville: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fowlerville Farms, 941 S. Grand Ave.; Hartland: 4 to 5 p.m. at Kahuna Coffee, 1836 Old U.S. Highway 23;…

Residents share ideas for mental health reform with House task force

Bipartisan group will use feedback to help improve services The House’s mental health task force heard from a dozen different organizations and advocates today during a meeting in Lansing held to gather input and ideas for improving mental health services in Michigan. Panelists included Dr. Laura Hirshbein, professor and psychiatrist with University of Michigan Medicine;…

Rep. Vaupel joined by first responder for Sept. 11 ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, hosted guest Unadilla Township Police Chief David Russell for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The service remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.

House mental health task force schedules Lansing meeting

State Reps. Klint Kesto and Hank Vaupel, co-chairs of the House’s mental health task force, today announced the panel’s next meeting is Thursday, Sept. 7, at the state Capitol. The bipartisan task force will meet with mental health professionals and advocates throughout the state to gather input and ideas for improving services for Michigan residents….

House task force addresses mental health reform in Auburn Hills

Members of the House C.A.R.E.S. task force continued their mission to help Michigan residents with mental health challenges today, hearing from 14 different organizations and advocates during a standing-room only meeting at the Oakland Community Health Network in Auburn Hills. “Mental health is clearly a big issue because a lot of us – including my…

Governor signs Vaupel’s bill removing vignettes from ballot

State Rep. Hank Vaupel’s legislation to remove outdated political party icons from the ballot has been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. Small images representing political parties, called vignettes, have appeared on ballots in Michigan since the the 1890s, Vaupel said, but elections have improved since then and the icons are no longer needed…

House mental health task force to meet in Grand Rapids

            The Michigan House mental health task force will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Aug. 17 at Hope Network in Grand Rapids, announced state Reps. Klint Kesto and Hank Vaupel, the task force co-chairs.             The bipartisan House C.A.R.E.S. task force is comprised of seven Republicans and seven Democrats seeking to explore ways to…

House mental health task force will host first meeting in Livingston County

The Michigan House’s mental health task force will hold its first public meeting on Monday, July 31 at Livingston County’s EMS Building in Howell, announced state Rep. Hank Vaupel, the task force co-chair. The bipartisan task force, unveiled earlier this week, is comprised of seven Republicans and seven Democrats seeking to explore ways to enable…