Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: December 10, 2018

This week, I welcomed our final two summer reading contest winners to Lansing. Ellie Rider, a homeschool student from Howell, and James Potter of Hutchings Elementary School in Howell were sworn in as honorary Representatives for a Day on Thursday. Thank you to all the students who participated in this year’s contest. I was impressed…

Rep. Vaupel: 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 plan, bars, restaurants and liquor stores must add the following language to signage already mandated by law: “Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix. Drinking alcoholic…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: December 3, 2018

It was a privilege to welcome student Grace Miller of Kreeger Elementary School in Fowlerville to the Capitol on Thursday to be honorary Representative for a Day. Grace is the winner of the student reading contest I hosted over the summer, and while in Lansing, I was happy to invite her on the House floor…

Rep. Vaupel plan creates higher standards for Michigan pet stores

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Hank Vaupel to protect dogs by strengthening standards for Michigan pet stores was approved today by the Michigan House. Vaupel, a veterinarian of more than 40 years, said his plan prevents Michigan pet stores from acquiring dogs from unregulated breeders, or “puppy mills.” “We’re raising the bar for pet stores,”…

Vaupel calls for transparency from drug manufacturers

State Rep. Hank Vaupel today delivered testimony before the House Health Policy Committee on a bill he introduced to make prescription drug pricing more transparent. Vaupel, who chairs the committee, said prescription drugs make up a large part of the increasing cost of health care in Michigan. The goal of his measure is to reveal…

State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column Nov. 4

I attended the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Adam Griffith and presented a legislative tribute recognizing his achievement.  Adam’s Eagle Scout Project was to lead others in building nine shelves and two benches for the inside of the Highlander Reading Express book bus.  This mobile library was put into service this past June by…

State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Oct. 21, 2018

Kudos to the Livingston County EDC.   I have had the honor of serving on this board for a number of years and as a state representative still am a member.  I have enjoyed seeing the work of the individuals on the board; with their goal being to keep Livingston County a great place to live,…

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…