Fall is finally here and the temperatures are dropping. I hope everyone is enjoying the autumn weather and is ready for the upcoming harvest festivals throughout the state. That means fresh donuts and cider are just days away! I want to update everyone on my recent work throughout the 32nd District.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at SenKHorn@senate.michigan.gov
or toll-free at 855-347-8032. Or if you are in Lansing, please feel free to stop by my office, room 7200 in the Binsfeld Office Building.
32nd District Horn announces October office hours in Tittabawassee Township
My office hours for the month of October will take place at the following date, time and location: Monday, Oct. 8
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tittabawassee Township Office Building
145 Second St.
I look forward to meeting with area residents and hearing concerns that any residents of the district may have. Please feel free to drop in. No appointment is necessary. Constituent Contact – Chapin Road Bridge
I received this handwritten letter from a young constituent, Nathan Jarabeck, to advocate for a closed bridge on his grandparent’s road. I met with Jonesfield Township Supervisor Larry Tibbits to learn more about the situation and received more letters from local residents. As residents of a small rural township, they were certain they’d be overlooked, but their voices were heard. I was able to secure funding through the budget process and I’m pleased that the bridge will be rebuilt and residents can safely return to their daily lives.
It’s people like Nathan who get things done. His parents and grandparents should be proud of his gumption. It was a pleasure working with him. Impact Saginaw: Staff Sgt. Travis Mills and Elizabeth Smart
I recently had the pleasure of hearing from two especially powerful individuals.
Impact Saginaw brought two nationally renowned speakers, Elizabeth Smart and Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, to speak to over 1,200 area students.
Smart delivered her powerful story of abduction and survival. She is truly an inspiration and her message of strength and of fighting through adversity was surely a life lesson for the students.
“Never give up! Never quit!” is the message that hometown hero Sgt. Mills passed along to the students.
The message that impacted me the most was how grateful he was about life. In between his humor and bravado, he is truly a humble and faithful person.
Area high school students were able to hear both of their stories of strength and perseverance.
Thank you to the Saginaw Area Credit Unions for sponsoring these events. They truly helped enrich the lives of everyone in the community. Senate approves “Buy Nearby” resolution
On Wednesday, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 186
to name Oct. 5-7, 2018 as Buy Nearby Weekend in the state of Michigan.
The Buy Nearby campaign, which is in its sixth year, is about supporting local business and keeping more dollars in our communities. The campaign brings recognition to local businesses during the first weekend in October every year. Supporting local businesses, and job creators in general, plays an integral part in both growing and sustaining Michigan’s recovering economy.
Many local businesses across the state will offer special events, sales and merchandise to attract customers to their locally owned and operated places of business.
I was proud to join my colleagues in co-sponsoring this resolution. I hope folks head out for some local, Michigan-made products this weekend! Horn supports new laws to aid students on career track
Senate legislation recently signed into law will help high school students make informed decisions as they plan for their future. Public Act 242 of 2018
(Senate Bill 343) requires schools to provide students with the most recent available analysis of in-demand jobs in their local region. The new law allows schools to provide the career outlook information electronically. Public Act 241 of 2018
(Senate Bill 344) allows a student to receive a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) endorsement on their diploma as an incentive to take more STEM classes. Many of the high-skilled and high-paying jobs are in the STEM field. Michigan is the first state in the country to offer the STEM certification opportunity. The endorsement will help give students a competitive advantage in the job market. Horn notes new state laws
Several new laws affecting children, young drivers and veterans that passed earlier in the year take effect in September, including: Public Act 282 of 2018
allows for the use of courtroom support dogs to comfort witnesses, including a child under age 16 or a vulnerable adult. Therapy dogs can calm witnesses, particularly children, helping them overcome their fears to deliver their testimony. Public Act 276 of 2018
requires driver’s education to include information on what to do and how to interact with law enforcement during a traffic stop. The training will help make this situation safer and less stressful for young drivers. Public Act 211 of 2018
prohibits what is often called “pension poaching” to better protect veterans from fraud and predatory financial abuse.The new law will prevent individuals or agencies from profiting off veterans benefit services that are offered at no cost through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide now available
With more than 100 varieties of trees, four Great Lakes and thousands of sparkling inland lakes and waterways, autumn in Michigan is spectacular!
The 2018 Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide
features articles on scenic drives, fall foliage hikes and family getaways along with postcard-worthy photographs. The publication also includes a directory of state parks and campgrounds and a fall calendar of events. Access the digital version and sign up for weekly fall color updates at www.michigan.org/travel-guide
or contact my office to receive a print copy. Check out fall family activities at state parks
Michigan state parks offer plenty of family fun and adventure beyond the summer season. More than 30 state parks host fall harvest festivals in September and October. Selected parks feature hay rides, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, even haunted trails! Activities in state park campgrounds are typically open to registered campers only. Find out about upcoming events at www.michigan.gov/harvestsandhaunts