Reps. Vaupel, Theis call for resignation of District Court Judge Theresa Brennan

State Reps. Hank Vaupel and Lana Theis, who represent areas of Livingston County in the Michigan House, today jointly announced the need for District Court Judge Theresa Brennan to resign. “A resignation is necessary to maintain confidence in the judicial system in Livingston County,” said Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “Ongoing issues have long put in doubt…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: June 11, 2018

A measure to legalize the use of recreational marijuana in the state of Michigan will be on the November ballot state-wide given that the House took no action on the matter this week. The proposal we were presented with lacks the controls and regulations needed to ensure responsible implementation. House leadership decided, given the poorly…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: June 4, 2018

This week I introduced a bill increasing penalties for harming medical personnel. This measure would be similar to laws that institute penalties for harming a police officer or other law enforcement officer. I was disturbed to hear of a number of violent events occurring in our state’s medical facilities where hospital employees are assaulted by…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: May 29, 2018

This week I introduced a bill bringing awareness to potential issues with fetal alcohol syndrome for expectant mothers. Because the U.S. Surgeon General warns there is no safe amount of alcohol to consume during pregnancy, this legislation requires that an establishment that sells or serves alcoholic beverages must post a sign with the following message:…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: May 21, 2018

This week in Health Policy Committee, we approved a bill I sponsored updating Michigan’s Assisted Outpatient Treatment law, commonly known as “Kevin’s Law,” to ensure we take care of mental illness earlier to curb homelessness, dangerous behavior and incarceration. This is not only better for individuals with mental health care needs, but also saves tax…

Rep. Vaupel plan creates higher standards for Michigan pet stores

State Rep. Hank Vaupel, a veterinarian of more than 40 years, today said his plan to strengthen standards for Michigan pet stores will protect animals and the families who adopt them. Vaupel’s legislation, approved today by the House Agriculture Committee, prevents Michigan pet stores from acquiring dogs from unregulated breeders, sometimes known as “puppy mills.”…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: May 14, 2018

School safety is of the utmost importance for the wellbeing of our children. This week I was proud to support a new plan to improve school safety across the state. The cornerstone of the plan — approved with overwhelming bipartisan support — establishes a statewide commission to help review and audit security procedures in school…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: May 7, 2018

As chairman of the House Health Policy Committee and co-chair of the House bipartisan mental health task force, I see firsthand the need for increased mental health awareness in our state. That’s why I introduced a resolution naming May 2018 Mental Health Awareness Month in the state of Michigan. Tens of thousands of Michigan residents…

Rep. Vaupel, a veterinarian, introduces plan to protect pets in Michigan

New legislation requires transparency and tougher standards on sales of dogs from breeders and pet stores State Rep. Dr. Hank Vaupel, a veterinarian of more than 40 years, this week introduced legislation raising the standards for all pet stores and breeders operating in the state of Michigan to protect Michigan pets, families, communities and small…

Vaupel works to increase mental health awareness

A resolution introduced by state Rep. Hank Vaupel declaring May 2018 as Mental Health Awareness Month in the state of Michigan was approved today by the state House. Vaupel, who was appointed by the House Speaker to co-chair the House bi-partisan mental health task force, called the C.A.R.E.S. Task Force, said he was inspired to…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: April 30, 2018

Substance abuse is a growing problem in Michigan. Opioid deaths in Michigan rose from 622 in 2011 to 1,689 in 2016, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. Opioid prescriptions in the state now top 11 million per year – more than the state’s population. Now, more than ever, we need to…