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

State Rep. Hank Vaupel of Handy Township will host office hours in Fowlerville, Hartland and Howell on Friday, Dec. 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;…

Rep. Vaupel: Flex Route will reduce US-23 traffic congestion north of Ann Arbor

New technology will promote safety and reduce drive time State Rep. Hank Vaupel today said the new Flex Route technology on US-23 just north of Ann Arbor would reduce travel time and improve safety for drivers. The new Flex Route system is a lane control system that uses cameras and electronic message boards to let…

House approves Rep. Vaupel’s bill allowing more humane, safer animal euthanasia

The Michigan House today approved state Rep. Hank Vaupel’s legislation to provide more humane options for euthanizing badly injured or sick animals. The bill would allow stronger tranquilizers to be used early in the euthanasia process when needed to better calm and immobilize animals. “The use of an immobilizing tranquilizer is sometimes the most humane…

Rep. Vaupel hosts ‘Rep for a Day’ winner at state Capitol

State Rep. Hank Vaupel of Handy Township hosted Zachary Kupec and his family at the Capitol on Wednesday to be a junior representative and experience the life of a Michigan state legislator. Students entered the contest by filling out a bookmark they received from their local library or school with as many books as they…

Rep. Vaupel: Now is the time to end driver responsibility fees

House approves elimination of fees, debt forgiveness   State Rep. Hank Vaupel today joined a bipartisan majority of his House colleagues in voting to end burdensome driver responsibility fees and forgive debt associated with them. Vaupel, of Handy Township, said driver responsibility fees were initially conceived in 2003 by irresponsible spending by a past administration,…

Rep. Vaupel bill allows more humane, safer option for animal euthanasia

State Rep. Hank Vaupel, a long-time veterinarian, testified today on his legislation to provide more humane options for euthanizing badly injured or sick animals. Vaupel’s legislation is under consideration in the Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee. “The whole object of this legislation is to make the process more humane for animals and safer for handlers,”…

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;…