Rep. Vaupel’s plan protects Michigan children

State Rep. Hank Vaupel this week testified before the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee in support of a plan to help with health care access for children in Michigan. Vaupel’s plan allows parents involved in certain court proceedings to meet legal requirements by having their children enrolled in affordable public health care coverage programs….

Rep. Vaupel supports greater government accountability

Transparency plan subjects governor, Legislature to open record requirements State Rep. Hank Vaupel today voted to approve a bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan. Vaupel, of Fowlerville said the House unanimously approved the multi-bill proposal. Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor and…

Rep. Vaupel reschedules April office hours

State Rep. Hank Vaupel rescheduled next month’s office hours for Friday, April 12 to avoid interference with Good Friday celebrations. “Since taking office, I have faithfully held local office hours the third Friday of each month,” Rep. Vaupel said. “I do not want to miss an opportunity to hear from you, but I also feel…

Rep. Vaupel introduces plan to update court reporter fees

State Rep. Hank Vaupel has introduced legislation to update the transcript fees circuit court reporters collect for their services. Vaupel said the fees, which are set in statute, have not been updated since 1986. “We’re overdue for an update. Thirty-three years is a long time to go without an increase,” said Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “If…

Rep. Vaupel plan protects health care workers from assault

State Rep. Hank Vaupel this week introduced a plan to better protect medical personnel from violence. Vaupel, of Fowlerville, said Michigan hospitals have reported a significant increase in the number of violent encounters with patients and their visitors, creating a need for stronger protections. His plan would stiffen penalties for people who assault health care…

House approves Rep. Vaupel’s informative safety measure

Lawmaker: ‘Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix’ The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a plan authored by state Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, better informing the public of the effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Under Vaupel’s safety initiative, bars, restaurants and liquor stores must include the following language as an addition to currently required…

Rep. Vaupel: Modernizing horse betting would put Michigan on right track

Lawmaker’s proposal to increase revenue, boost agricultural industry To help the agricultural industry throughout Michigan, state Rep. Hank Vaupel today introduced a measure allowing people to use updated technologies for wagering on horse racing. Vaupel’s legislation is part of a wide-ranging bipartisan plan updating the way gaming is conducted and regulated statewide. Michigan tracks currently…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: March 4, 2019

A piece of legislation I introduced addressing the effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy was voted out of the House Regulatory Reform Committee on Tuesday and will now be considered by the Ways and Means Committee. Under HB 4112, bars, restaurants, and liquor stores would be required to display language warning of the possibility of…

Rep. Vaupel: Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix

House committee approves lawmaker’s informative safety measure   The House Regulatory Reform Committee today approved a plan authored by state Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, better informing the public of the effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Under Vaupel’s plan, bars, restaurants and liquor stores must include the following language as an addition on currently…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: February 24, 2019

This week, I introduced a resolution to declare Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) a critical health issue. ACEs negatively affect the current and future well-being of children due to toxic stress related to abuse, neglect, and other family dysfunctions. These can cause future physical and mental health issues, as carefully researched in a study conducted by…

Rep. Vaupel announces release of 2019-2020 House Republican Action Plan

Plan includes priorities for 2019-2020 legislative term State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, joined his colleagues on Tuesday for a press conference unveiling the 2019-2020 House Republican Action Plan, which serves as a guide for legislative activity over the next two years. Vaupel, who is serving his second term as chair of the House Health…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: February 17, 2019

On Tuesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered her first State of the State address, and I had the privilege of inviting County Commission Chairman Don Parker as my guest on the House floor. The governor addressed many issues important to all Michigan residents, which included health care. Although details were not discussed, several topics such as…