Happy Halloween! As you prepare your and your children’s costumes and finish arranging your trick-or-treat routes, I want to fill you in on my recent work throughout the 32nd District and news coming out of Lansing.
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 Groundbreaking ceremony for SVSU business college expansion
After a long road to get legislative approval for the project, I was happy to join students, staff, faculty, campus leaders and friends of Saginaw Valley State University on Oct. 22 at a groundbreaking ceremony for the SVSU Scott L. Carmona College of Business & Management building expansion.
SVSU plans to build state-of-the-art laboratories to support integrative learning and an environment that supports students working as a team in an effort to simulate real-world experiences.
I look forward to watching the project continue and am excited for the upcoming opportunities for the next generation of professionals in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Tips for a safe and successful Halloween
Halloween is a fun and exciting time where both children and adults get to put their imaginations to the test.
While Halloween provides a great deal of fun and excitement, it is important to remember some basic safety tips. Following these tips will ensure that you and your family are able to celebrate to the fullest.
Basic everyday safety can go a long way — such as reminding your children not to talk to or get into a car with strangers and looking both ways before crossing a street. Additionally, make sure your kids do not go out alone. An adult, preferably multiple adults, should always be present when a group of children is trick-or-treating. It is also recommended that you attach a glow stick or reflective tape to your children’s costumes to make them more visible to drivers, and have at least one person with a flashlight.
For those who will be out driving tonight, please use extra caution, as the movements of excited children can be unpredictable at times.
Finally, the most important and most common rule: Do not let your children eat any candy until it has been thoroughly inspected by you or another adult you know and trust.
I hope everyone has a happy and fun-filled Halloween! Horn supports Blue Star Families license plate bill
Our service members make many sacrifices in service to our country. Many times, their families do as well.
I recently supported Senate legislation to create a special license plate recognizing families of active duty military. Senate Bill 821
would create a Blue Star Families license plate available to individuals currently serving in the U.S. armed forces and their immediate family members. The plate would show the Blue Star Families insignia and “Blue Star Family” beneath the registration number, allowing families to share their pride in their enlisted service member. The bill has been sent to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
A Gold Star Family license plate available to the immediate family of a service member who has died in the line of duty is among current special recognition plates offered by the secretary of state. New unit designed to fight insurance fraud
Fraud and deception drive up the cost of insurance. A new anti-fraud unit within the state’s Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) was recently formed to fight fraudulent activity and help lower costs and better protect consumers. The unit will work with other law enforcement agencies to identify and investigate fraud in the auto insurance, health insurance and banking sectors.
In related news, DIFS set up a new website earlier this year — www.mi.gov/InsuranceFraud
— to offer consumers and the insurance industry a convenient site to report fraud. Since the launch, the agency has received 167 complaints of fraud from consumers and 68 complaints from the industry. New unclaimed property website
The Michigan Department of Treasury has millions of dollars in lost or forgotten assets from inactive bank accounts, uncashed checks, valuables left in safe deposit boxes and stock certificates.
I get a lot of calls to my office about unclaimed property so I wanted to share that treasury has an updated, state-of-the art website that will make it easier to check on lost or abandoned property. People can go to www.michigan.gov/unclaimedproperty
to file new claims or check on claims electronically. Previously, claimants had to file paper claims and send documentation through the mail.
Over the last four years, Michigan Unclaimed Property has returned $400 million to owners or their heirs. Along with visiting the website, claimants can also call 517-636-5320 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays. HEARTSafe schools named
More than 200 schools were recently awarded the MI HEARTSafe School designation for the 2018-19 school year. The special designation recognizes schools that are prepared to respond to cardiac emergencies by having:
- A written medical emergency response plan and team;
- Current CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) certification of 10 percent of staff and 50 percent of coaches, including all head varsity coaches and physical education staff;
- Accessible and maintained AEDs;
- Annual cardiac emergency response drills; and
- Pre-participation sports screening of all student athletes.
For more information about the MI HEARTSafe School program, including a list of participating schools, visit Migrc.org/miheartsafe
. Horn supports legislation promoting safer use of drones
Drones, or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), have been used for many positive commercial and recreational purposes, including property damage assessments, crop monitoring, aerial photography and more. Yet they’ve also been utilized to smuggle contraband such as drugs and cell phones into prison yards.
The Senate recently passed a package of bills to provide rules for the safer use of this developing technology. Among other provisions, the legislation:
- Strengthens drone restrictions on interfering with emergency services and law enforcement, including corrections officers;
- Prohibits drones from being used to interfere with correctional facilities and “key facilities” such as refineries, power plants, water treatment plants, transportation facilities and cell phone tower sites;
- Holds a drone operator responsible for any illegal action done by a drone; and
- Establishes an office within the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to provide information and education on drone regulations and restrictions.
Senate Bills 917
have been sent to the House for consideration. Stay alert for deer!
According to the Michigan State Police (MSP), there are nearly 50,000 reported vehicle-deer crashes in the state each year. October, November and December are particularly hazardous months as deer are more active. Most serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle, or when their vehicle rolls over.
The MSP advises drivers to stay alert, especially at dawn and dusk; slow down at the sight of one deer as deer often travel in groups; and watch for deer crossing signs. If a crash is unavoidable, don’t swerve and be sure to brake firmly. Motorists are also reminded to buckle up — seat belts are the best defense in the event of a crash.