Rep. Vaupel: Plan protects adolescents from harmful UV radiation

State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, recently introduced a measure protecting minors from the dangers of artificial tanning. Under Vaupel’s proposal, owners of tanning facilities would not be allowed to offer their services to people younger than 18, regardless of a legal guardian’s consent. “No matter how you get a tan – whether it be…

State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Oct. 7, 2018

I want to thank Sam Champagne, House policy committee advisor of the House Health Policy Committee, for his service in assisting with legislation. Sam Champagne was presented a tribute for his work and dedication to the Michigan House.  He is leaving for a position in the private sector, and we wish him well on his…

State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Sept. 30, 2018

This week, I supported a package of bills with my Michigan House colleagues to protect the Great Lakes by strengthening safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac. We must protect our waters from the threat of spills, and the Straits of Mackinac Safety, Protection and Accountability action plan will help do that. The legislation clearly…

Rep. Vaupel proposal protects health care workers from assaults

State Rep. Hank Vaupel on Tuesday testified in favor of his plan adding health care professionals and medical volunteers to the protective class for criminal assault. Vaupel, of Handy Township, explained adamantly that House Bills 6203 and 6204 will make it safer for doctors, nurses and medical staff to do their jobs by providing a…

State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Sept. 23, 2018

On Wednesday I voted in favor of a package of bills to protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline standards. The Straits of Mackinac Safety, Protection and Accountability action plan provides clear guidelines for safety measures and enforcement. Establishing stronger standards and holding pipeline operators and vessels accountable for their actions will ensure the safety…

Column: We must create a strategy for better addiction and mental health care

I have introduced a bill to request the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to prepare a six-year comprehensive plan identifying the needs and resource requirements to provide services and support to individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities or substance use disorders. We spend billions of taxpayer dollars each year and I believe…

State representatives call for impeachment of Judge Brennan

Reps. Theis, Vaupel, Runestad take first step in process State Reps. Lana Theis, Hank Vaupel and Jim Runestad today introduced a House resolution calling for the impeachment of Livingston County District Court Judge Theresa Brennan. If the resolution is approved by the House, an impeachment trial would occur in the Senate. If convicted, Brennan would…

State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Sept. 16, 2018

A resolution I introduced that is scheduled for action by the House next week will declare September as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month in Michigan. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) pose a serious threat to the health of our future generations and is entirely preventable. I strongly urge residents to increase their knowledge of…

State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Sept. 9, 2018

On Sunday, the Fowlerville Rotary held its annual Dawn Patrol fly-in and pancake breakfast.  As many as 1,500 pilots and community members attended the event to inform the public about aviation. I want to congratulate the volunteers for another successful and well-attended annual event for our residents. *** I was joined by Senator Joe Hune at…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: September 6, 2018

I will be participating in the Family Emergency Readiness EXPO on Saturday, September 8th at 2:20 p.m. to discuss how Livingston County residents can cope, survive and prevail during a crisis.  I will be specifically discussing how families can help their pets during an emergency. I encourage all residents to attend the free event from…

Livingston County public safety officials join Rep. Vaupel for Sept. 11 ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, is joined today by Livingston County Sheriff Michael Murphy (left) and Livingston County Undersheriff Jeff Warder (right) for the Michigan House of Representatives annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol.  The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the…